Working from home can have some challenges. Over the last few weeks, many people have had to adjust to working from home, and the team at TPM is no different. We wanted to share some best practices that we’ve developed over the last weeks to ensure that we remain productive and deliver the quality of service our customers are used to!
- Dress for Success!
- It’s easy to roll out of bed, brush your teeth, and head to your computer in your PJs. While it’s tempting to spend our days in comfort, this can hinder productivity. Getting up and getting ready for work helps put in the work mindset. The goal is to replicate your office experience as much as possible, and getting up and getting ready is a part of that experience! Stick to your morning routine as much as possible. And let’s be honest, nobody wants to see you in your favorite ratty, stained t-shirt on the video conference at 10 am…
- Create and stick to a schedule.
- Creating a schedule for yourself is key to staying productive at home. Again, you want to stick to your “normal” routine as much as possible. That means getting up when you usually would to go into the office and going through your regular morning routine. We suggest using your commute time to prepare for your day. Plan out your day and set daily goals for yourself. Knowing what needs to be done and creating a prioritized to–do list is a great way to keep yourself on task!
- Stay connected and give yourself some grace.
- Staying connected is essential during these times! Taking short breaks to talk to coworkers is a great way to do this. Take a lunch break, and call a friend, go for a walk outside. We all still need time to recharge and destress. We’re all bored and isolated right now. Taking a few minutes to talk to a friend or coworker or to breathe some fresh air is not only good for productivity but great for your mental health!
- Dedicate your working hours to work.
- When working from home, it can be tempting to run to the store first thing in the morning or to take the time to accomplish some things around the house with the idea that you will “make up” the time later. As mentioned earlier, sticking to a regular work schedule is critical, and you should be adhering to your daily work hours. Along with that idea, dedicate your working hours to work. You need to set boundaries with your family that these are your working hours, not time to hang out or watch TV. It’s easy to fall into the trap of turning the TV in or of spending time on other activities “really quick.” The goal is to remain as productive as you typically are in the office, if not more so. Take advantage of the time you have with no one walking into your office, with fewer calls or emails, and get to those to-do items that you’ve been pushing off!
- Create a dedicated workplace.
- It can be easy to sit on the couch with your laptop or at the kitchen table. These aren’t workspaces and can hinder the work mentality. It’s very important that you create a dedicated workspace and set it up for productivity. Keep your space organized and clean. When you go to your workspace, this signifies physically and mentally that it’s work time. We typically keep our work and personal or enjoyment spaces separate, and it should remain that way. We know everyone can’t create a home office, just do the best with what you’ve got. We’ve included some images of our team’s spaces below!
We know that these are very trying and uncertain times. We’re privileged to be able to continue supporting our customers during these times. Our hearts and prayers go out to our medical professionals, first responders, and other essential personnel. #togetherky #healthyathome #teamkentucky