If you ever wished your dreams could come true, well this time they have as you can finally work from home thanks to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. From waking up late, enjoying home-cooked food, working in your pajamas to creating your own routine, WFH is the new thing. But it can turn into a bitter-sweet experience if you let the comfort of your home and the distractions that come with it affect your productivity. So here are 5 ways to organize yourself while working from home. So now you can surely have the best of both worlds while acing your work along with home duties.

1. Have A Dedicated Office Space

Just like you have a dedicated desk at your office when it comes to working from home, allot a dedicated office space for yourself. Keep a desk and some peripherals just for work use. Instead of plopping yourself on the bed, sit by the dining table or on your desk. This will help you maintain a good posture and get you all geared up for work. Dedicate yourself a space where you can have all essentials required while working like an extension cord, mouse, keyboard, notepad, stationery and so on.

2. Get Dressed

This might seem like a simple tip, but it's a crucial one. You don’t need to dress up formally like you might do for work, but the simple act of changing clothes before work can go a long way. So wake up, take a shower, comb your hair, wear a fresh pair of clothes and start your day. This will help you in getting the right mindset to work for the day, also help you feel motivated, confident and draws the line between work from home and just being at home. And don’t assume that no one can see you, we are living at a time where work meetings happen through video calls, so it always helps to look and feel presentable, even while working from home.

3. Communicate and Connect With Your Colleagues

Yes, this is the time of social distancing and self-quarantining, but this doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with your colleagues over messages and phone calls. So if you work with a team, then make sure you check in regularly similar to what you do in the office. Prepare to-do lists, and share the status of your work with your supervisor. In this way, you can stay on top of your game. Apart from emails and messaging programs like Slack, connect with your colleagues through WhatsApp and video conferencing apps like FaceTime/Zoom/Skype.

4. Maintain a Regular Work Schedule

One of the best ways to organize yourself while working from home is to maintain a regular work schedule. Have a fixed time dedicated just for work, it can be the same as your office timings. So make a schedule and stick to it. Maintaining clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day can help you to have a healthy work-life balance. You can install an automatic time-tracking app like Rescue Time to check whether you’re sticking to your schedule.

5. Fight the Urge to Indulge In Distractions

One of the main issues of working from home is the abundant availability of distractions. It can be quite tempting to turn on the TV and catch up on your favorite show or keep prancing around in your kitchen or the dog duty call. But the next time you feel the urge to indulge in distractions like these, fight the urge. Ask yourself if you would have done the same had you been at work. So work from home just like how you would work from your office.

So these are some of the best ways to organize yourself while working from home. So wake up every morning, freshen up, wear clean clothes and get ready to hit the home run at work. Also, while you get more productive at work with these tips, we hope you stay at home to maintain your and your family’s good health.