Dos and don’ts of working from home

Posted at 7:15 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 14:18:54-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Many of us have been working from home for weeks now, so that means we've gotten creative and hopefully found a new routine. However, it's easy to get comfortable at home.

When it comes to working from home, the biggest piece of advice experts have is to create an organized workspace free from distractions. Yes, the couch is comfy, but it’s not the most productive space.

"It can be so tempting to work from the couch or bed but we do not recommend that. It's not great for your back or neck,” said Melanie Berliet, General Manager of The Spruce.

If you don't have a desk, designate the kitchen table, counter or even an accent table for your work.

Set specific office hours while at home. This could be different from your regular hours, but a schedule will keep you on track.

Also, it can be easy to keep your pajamas on all day. You should change into work-appropriate clothes though, because it will put you in a productive state of mind.

While it's tempting to snack on whatever's in your pantry, it's important to keep a balanced nutrition throughout the day. However, also keep in mind that things have changed and if that includes your diet, don't worry over it.

"There is a lot we are all dealing with here and don't make that you need to lose weight something you need to worry about right now,” said Rachel Berman, General Manager of Verywell.

There may be other things that are overwhelming during this time, so do make sure to take breaks throughout the day to clear your mind and refocus. You can use this time to take a quick walk outside or talk with a friend or family member. Don't get distracted by turning on the tv though. Save that for when you're done for the day.

It's all about finding and keeping a personal and work life balance.

Some other dos and don’ts –

DO communicate frequently with your work team.

DO create boundaries for your family or roommates while you’re working.

DO get fresh air.

DON’T get distracted by personal conversations, phone calls, or internet use while working.

DON’T procrastinate.

DON’T be too hard on yourself. This a different time and everyone adjusts to changes in their own way.