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Working from Home Tips and Strategies

Alisa Lu
February 19, 2021
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Working from Home Tips and Strategies to Maintain Productivity & Connectedness


Communicate openly and often with project supervisors and allow for flexibility when necessary

While working from home maintaining a strong and consistent connection with your supervisors is very important for communication and to have complete support.

  • Balancing frequent updates and email overload. Keep a schedule for checking your emails and responding. Managing expectation is critical.
  • Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize – Focus on the right tasks and communicate in emails to record actions.
  • Plan ahead: Having your time off planned will give sufficient time for your manager to adjust the priorities.

Consider making fair use of a user-friendly time-management app or external monitoring aid

  • Managing one’s own time can be difficult, but many helpful aids can keep us organized and on track with deadlines while working from home.
  • Be flexible with your time and efforts than usual.

Separate work hours and personal time, and, if possible, carve out a dedicated workspace that is separate from your daily living space.

  • Break out work time and personal time
  • Set healthy work boundaries on your work hours to prevent the compulsion to work around the clock.

Recreate a productive work environment similar to your office.

  • Craft a designated space while working from home.
  • Identify ideal workspaces where you can do your best work.
  • For staying productive while working from home, avoid blending work time and personal time.

Balancing caring for your children when you are expected to “work” from home.

  • Coordinate schedules Schedule meetings during kid’s nap time if you have little ones
  • Work with clients and colleagues to create space between meetings.
  • Create a workspace for your children Creating a “To Do” list
  • No apologies necessary when a child disrupts you on a work call while you do remote working.


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  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340392618_Working_from_Home_During_the_COVID-19_Pandemic_Tips_and_Strategies_to_Maintain_Productivity_Connectedness

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