This past week has been a bit of an adjustment for me. I have been home from college for about a week now and it’s been different. Unlike the other school breaks I have spent at home, this time I have to be doing a lot of online work and work for my lab remotely.
I am getting used to waking up early to match the east coast time zone and using platforms such as Zoom for communication.
Here are some of my own tips about working from home:
- Create a working environment where you can be productive in
For me, the environment I work in really affects how productive I am. When I need extreme focus such as when I am studying for an exam, I need complete silence or only classical music. I like working where there are windows so natural light can shine through. I study for long periods of time so I invested in a stand-up adjustable desk which allows me to not have a complete sedentary day.
2. Separate work from entertainment
One of the biggest obstacles about working from home is all the distractions around you. It is super easy to switch into Netflix mode or to take a nap instead of doing work. I have set a strict schedule for myself so I can remain productive and relax. Usually I devote the mornings and early afternoons to work and then after dinner time, I exercise and relax. I have started to really enjoy running a mile around my neighborhood and then coming back home and watching Netflix.
To ensure productivity, I discovered my new favorite app. It is called Forest. This app allows you to set a timer for the amount of minutes you don’t touch your phone and then if you don’t make it through the time, a fictional tree will die. The longer you make it through your timer, the more the tree grows.
3. Be accommodating of others
This is a new way of life for every one and it take time to adjust. I try to be as flexible as possible with my schedule and I understand that other people have busy lives too. It is important to stay compassionate and respective of others. It is even more important that we retain our community values.