Establish routines when working from home

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Many people are working at home for the first time ever and are looking to establish a routine to make the days go smoother, says Staci Torgeson, a publicist with Orca Communications Unlimited.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of social media posts from people who are suddenly thrust into the world of working from home,” says Torgeson. “My colleagues and I are work-from-home veterans, so we’ve put together some tips for staying productive from home.

“My first tip is to find some dedicated office space. Even if it is a desk in a closet or a tiny corner, having a dedicated work space helps keep you focused during work hours and away during off hours.”

• Your health is a big consideration: “I highly recommend having a versatile water bottle you love on the desk at all times, but especially during this unusual time. Keeping up with healthy routines during isolation is so important and hydration is top of the list as a simple thing everyone can and should do,” she says. “It’s important to get up and move and incorporate exercise into your day. I have a pull-up bar installed on my office door for getting in some pull-ups in between periods of working.”

• Avoid cluttering the desk with equipment: “I’ve found that keeping my workspace clean of clutter with multi-purpose must-haves helps to keep me focused,” says Torgeson. “I use the T2W from LumiCharge which combines an LED lamp, bluetooth speaker and wireless phone charger all in one.”

• Your fuzzy fur friend could become a fur fiend: “I’ve seen a few memes declaring dogs the winners of quarantine because they have their families at home with them now,” says Torgeson. “But a lot of new work-from-home-people are learning about what happens when you’re in the middle of a conference call and Fido needs to go outside, or decides to start barking during your turn to talk.

“You can let them out remotely with smart devices such as Wayzn that gives you full control of your sliding glass door from wherever you are in the world, even if that’s only in your home office with the door shut. Pro Tip: Use that mute button whenever you aren’t actively speaking.”

• When detractions and tensions are rising, find a happy place: “I like to play soothing music. I put on Alexa and say ‘Spa’ music,” says Torgeson. “It drowns out my kids in the background. Find a quiet place for client calls — walk-in closets work great — all of those clothes make a natural buffer to screaming kids. In a pinch — you can also go sit in your car.”