Did you know before this week, 4.7 million employees in the U.S. (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week? Working from home can seem like a hassle, but there are steps you can take to make your work productive in the upcoming weeks.

Tips When Working from Home! 

Establish Your Workspace
- Create a stress-free zone in your home! Make sure this area is quiet and free of distractions. This could be in a separate room or a special space! This space should be specifically for work and nothing else. You should also set rules about your space with others, if you have animals put them in different rooms. If your family members or kiddos are at home make sure you set boundaries about your space, as well as what is appropriate and when.  

Establish a Routine
- Keep the same routine that you have during your normal workday. Do what you need before "going to work" to put yourself in a professional mindset. You should also schedule breaks and take lunch! Set boundaries for yourself, such as; "no laundry or dishes until after 5 pm". After work, eliminate things such as emails, and reminders that would distract you from your relaxation time.  

Appreciate the Benefits
- Think about this you're not commuting, not sitting in traffic. You're making your lunch, therefor saving money! Try to focus on the positives and seek the silver lining from the situation.

Source: Buffer

While working from home you should embrace your webcam! Applications such as Zoom, Skype, and Ring Central can help you communicate and accomplish things with coworkers. Over-communicate with business associates, and ask questions such as;
- "Is this clear?"
- "Does this make sense?"
- "Any other questions?"
Remember, communicating online poses several obstacles that are normally not an issue if you are chatting in person.

Along with appreciating this time, and keeping yourself and others safe, you should take steps to avoid "cabin fever". Take time to read, play a board game, take a walk, use this time to meditate and take care of yourself!

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