These are extraordinary times. In addition to the health concerns of Covid-19, the virus has brought about lifestyle changes that we’ve never dreamed could occur. One of those unexpected lifestyle changes may be working remotely, which in virtually every case now means working from home.
As someone who has worked from a home office for nearly 8 years, I found Kim Lyons's article, How to Work From Home, to be remarkably accurate and informative. While there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to working remotely, Ms. Lyons offers several time-tested recommendations that you should be considering if working remotely is in your future.
Have a separate workspace
There is something psychological about having a dedicated workspace. When you’re in it, your mind sends you a signal that says, “I’m ready to work.”So, it’s entirely fitting that establishing your workspace is where Lyons starts.“A separate workspace doesn’t have to be a dedicated office with a door that closes (which is often not an option in smaller living spaces). It should be an area that mentally prepares you for work mode, whether it’s a separate room, a small desk set up in a corner of the living room, or a laptop at the end of the kitchen table. Ideally, it would be a place you don’t go to relax, like your bedroom or your sofa, and a place that other members of your household know is designated for work.
If you find you’re most productive with a laptop on the sofa, then, by all means, set up shop there. It may take a bit of trial and error to figure out what area of your home is most conducive to getting work done.”