Do you know these work from home secrets?
Can you look at yourself in the mirror and say you are equally productive working from home as you were working in the office?

If you’re one of roughly 95% of Americans impacted by stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, odds are you’ve had to ask yourself this question.

For some, the benefits are overwhelming. Eighty-five percent of businesses reported an increase in productivity since their staff began working from home. For others, working from home includes endless challenges that hinder your productivity.

Working from home has turned me from an early riser who went to the gym before work, to someone who sleeps in and sits on the couch watching Netflix in my pajamas while trying to complete the workday.

Luckily, on this episode of the Lead Your Future Podcast, Tiffany Roberts sat down with Leadership Institute’s Director of Digital Training, Abigail Alger, to discuss some of her best advice for working from home.

Here are three of her tips.

Tip #1 -- Set a morning routine.

Your morning routines are important. Most of us have a morning routine before a normal workday, but these routines tend to crumble when you work from home. Keeping your routines helps you to get started on work, and to work productivity. 

A routine is a way to get your mind in the right place, so you can perform the tasks required for your job to the best of your ability.

Tip #2 -- Choose your workspace wisely.

Set yourself up for success. Find a place or several places in your house where you are removed from distractions and can focus on work. This can be tough because, for many of us, our tendency is to sit on the couch and watch a show or movie while we try to work. We’re at home, so we figure we might as well make ourselves comfy. 

If you notice you are struggling with productivity, think about changing your scenery and removing yourself from distractions.

Tip #3 -- Maintain communication with work. 

Virtual meetings can take much longer than in-person meetings, and nobody likes long virtual meetings. To curb this, make sure you update your boss and supervisors by email to keep them in the loop. This is easy to forget because one of the benefits of working from home is not feeling like your boss is breathing down your neck. 

Keep your boss updated regularly, so you are still able to enjoy that freedom and not get tied down in virtual meetings.

Don’t wait! Listen to this new episode of the Lead Your Future Podcast and start working more effectively from home! 

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