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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tips for Working at Home

The coronavirus pandemic has taken the world as we know it and turned it upside down. As part of this upheaval, millions of Americans have been sent home from work with laptops in hand and strict instructions to remotely tend to their usual workload.

Unfortunately, this can prove to be a lot harder than it sounds. If you find yourself struggling to complete your workload from home during the outbreak, we can help!

Here are some tips on how to stay focused, on-task and productive as you work from home.

Create a workstation.
Propping up your pillows and working in bed can sound like a good idea until you find yourself nodding off in front of your computer screen. To keep your brain focused and in “working mode,” it’s best to designate one area of your home to serve as your workstation as you wait out the outbreak. Keep the area clean and stocked with all the supplies you may need during your work hours.

Set your hours.
A major boon of working from home is choosing your own hours — but this can backfire quickly. Lack of a proper schedule is the biggest enemy of the procrastinator. To keep from finding yourself with a huge amount of work to complete in an impossibly short amount of time, set up working hours and stick to them. If there are children home with you, work around their routine by scheduling your work hours during nap time or late at night when they’re asleep.

Collaborate.
For most of us, home is where we unwind and kick off our shoes after a long day of work. Keeping focused and staying on task when working in your own comfortable surroundings can be super-challenging. Bring home some of the motivational work atmosphere by collaborating with your colleagues as much as possible. Utilize video conferencing to swap ideas, plan long-term projects and communicate using online platforms.

Get rid of all distractions. 
It can be hard to keep your mind on work when each beep of the phone brings more horrific news and updates about the spread of the coronavirus. If you can, hide or shut off your phone during your work hours. If that’s not possible, consider turning off your notifications and social media apps until the work day is complete.

Your Turn: Are you new to working from home? Tell us how you’re making it work in the comments.

3 comments:

  1. What about those that have been laid off? Not everyone was fortunate enough to stay employed during this time. What is CFCU doing for those that have been sent home to wait?

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    1. Hi Vickie. Community Financial is here to help during these challenging times, and offers several options for members who have been negatively impacted. Those seeking assistance can call us at (877) 937-2328 and we will work with them to find a personalized solution. You can also learn more by visiting cfcu.org/covid. Thanks.

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  2. Working from home policies have been around for a long time before COVID-19 came about, so here's our top tips on how to get into your ‘normal’ work routine and stay focused on your work: https://www.randstad.com.au/career-advice/working-from-home/five-essential-tips-for-working-from-home/

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