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Hello there!

Unless you've been living under a rock these past couple of months you know that the global Covid-19 pandemic is still running rampant forcing many people to work from home. A lot of these people will be working from home for the first time, which means they'll have to figure out how to stay on track to be productive whilst in an environment unsuited for the task but this is far from impossible if you set up a good workspace and routine.

Communication is key

Most people spend their work days in close proximity to their colleagues, managers, clients etc. which means that communicating is relatively effortless. Unfortunately, working from home means that easy communicating goes right out of the window which can lead to you feeling quite isolated. Try to maintain effective communication channels with your co-workers by utilising tools such as Slack, Zoom or Skype throughout the day.

Try to keep your regular routine

The temptation to work from home in your pyjamas might be strong, but try to keep up with a similar routine you'd have as if you were heading to the office. Wake up, grab a shower, get dressed etc. and this will help trick your body into thinking that your usual routine is somewhat carrying on. If you don't have a home office, do as much as you can to try and set up an area dedicated for working. This could mean clearing off the coffee table and setting it up in a corner for your laptop etc. and give you the impression that you're "travelling to the office". Try to resist the temptation to just work from your bed! It's also important to try and "bookend" your day by forming habits that signify the beginning and ending of the working day. A handy way to do this would be having a 20-minute coffee in the morning as you start, and then a brief exercise session as you finish.

Avoid feeling isolated

Still, even with these tools and techniques, it can still be quite easy to feel somewhat isolated due to the abrupt change from busy office to relatively (or completely) empty home. Its important to sustain a semblance of normalcy during this time and communicating with others is a great way to do this. Try to keep up a sense of camaraderie with your workmates in unconventional ways by having an "after-work drink" over Zoom to socialise and chat about non-work-related topics, such as how you're coping during the lockdown period. After all, we're all in this together!

Author
Joe Smith

Commander-in-chief of SiteJacket, Joe's the go-to guy for all things SJ. He enjoys Web Design, tea and painting tiny plastic spacemen.