Even if you normally don’t work from home, coronavirus (COVID-19) has many employees working remotely. It’s a pretty big change if you’re not prepared!
After working from home for several years now, I’ve realized recently after hearing how many people are being told to work remotely that the majority of these people might find it’s not so easy. If you haven’t had time to set up a home office, or at least a work station, you’re going to struggle. One of the biggest challenges for me was trying to work the kinks out of my technology and making it work for me rather than against me. That took a good chunk of time to do which might not be feasible for many people.
If you want to expedite that process, consider investing in some new tech and gear. We don’t know how long this virus will be floating around and you don’t want to struggle the entire time. Trust me when I say that sitting on your couch in front of the TV with your laptop on the coffee table will not work. Here are some tried and true tips for many remote workers and some newer gadgets that even I hadn’t heard about!
Take A Break
It’s easy to get sucked into your work and burn yourself out really quickly. That’s because, unlike when you head into work, your job is just right there waiting for you. It’s staring you in the face all day. You don’t have to leave and commute home or go out for a bite to eat at lunchtime. That’s why it’s so important to take a break, or a few, throughout the workday. Turn off your monitor, leave your phone on your desk if you have to. Get some air and recharge!
Mobile Hotspot Device
If you’ve ever been in the middle of working and had your internet go out, you might know the shock and horror that comes with that situation. I can honestly say that it took many years of this happening to me before I finally put my foot down and told myself to do something about it. Don’t get me wrong, you can totally use your phone as a mobile hotspot but nothing compares to having a dedicated mobile hotspot device. They can be pricey but you might find yourself using it for many years to come.
Desk Organizer For Cords
I don’t know why I’ve never seen this type of organizer before but it absolutely blew my mind when I was searching for ways to organize my desk. The number of cords I had like a rats nest, draped around my desk and at my feet was staggering. Not to mention the many times one of my dogs would trip over one of the cords and create chaos. These cord organizers are legitimately one of my best investments. Having a tidy area just makes you feel more focused, doesn’t it?
The boost to productivity that comes from having at least two monitors set up on your desk can’t be denied. It just makes life easier. Keep an eye on your local buy and trade groups or clearances at big-name stores. You don’t have to get the absolute best monitors out there and break the bank to boot.
Don’t Be Afraid To Leave The House (If You Can)
If you aren’t quarantined, consider packing up your stuff and heading to your local cafe or coffee shop to work. The beauty of being a remote worker is that you can set up and plug in just about anywhere to get stuff done. Don’t limit yourself to just your home, bring your work with you, instead!