Here’s a behind the scenes view and tips of how I’ve transformed my working space during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the beginning I crammed everything onto shelves so that I could see the files and items that I needed without having to remember where their new home was. Thankfully, my family let me use the dining room as a new office. I used the kitchen for my appointment desk. The whole family did. The calendar grew and grew until it was a big white page with sticky notes everywhere. Then, we discovered the best routine for us. I also dusted off a few things that helped me remember who I am. Some parts of my identity needed to pass on while I was reinventing myself during this cocooning period.
It took a little while to set up a functional space for all the virtual meetings that needed to take place. I posted inspiring letters I’d received, especially one from Erich Yetter at Anderson University reminding me that I know what I’m doing even when others, who may be more competitive, try to invalidate me. Beside the sewing station I hung a photograph by Hal Looney that celebrates the colors that resonate with my soul.
Ultimate Tips for Working from Home
- Create your space and stay organized.
- Choose your tools. If you don’t like what everyone is using…use something else.
- Phone a friend.
- Be flexible.
- Stay in touch with co-workers and stay positive.
For employers, working from home can boost productivity, reduce turnover, and lower organizational costs, while employees enjoy perks like flexibility and the lack of a commute.
To work effectively from home, you’ll need to make sure you have the technology you require, a separate workspace, Internet service that meets your need, a workable schedule you can stick to, and ways to connect with others.
Top fields for remote work include computers and IT, education and training, and healthcare; positions include customer service reps, virtual assistants, data entry and transcription, teachers, and more.Cook, J. (2020, April 08). The Ultimate Working From Home Guide. Retrieved May 04, 2020, from https://www.investopedia.com/personal-finance/work-from-home-guide/