When you work at a PR agency working from home is usually such a treat, but when you’re forced to stay home due to injury or sickness you can have a hard time being productive. Here are some tips to help you be as productive as possible when you can’t get out of bed.
- Wake up and get dressed
- Too often when we work from home, we tend to stay in our pajamas the entire day, and this doesn’t help with being productive. It makes us more comfortable and lazy. Instead, get up and get changed, even if you put on athleisure wear. The act of changing your clothes will make you feel more awake and alert to being your day.
- Make a list, check it twice
- Working at a public relations firm there are a lot of moving pieces. Making a to-do list helps with setting your priorities for the day. Give yourself due dates for projects to help prioritize, and don’t forget to cross things off the list when they’re complete!
- Don’t get into home activities
- Don’t start cleaning your room, washing dishes, playing with your pet, etc. If you can’t do it at the office, don’t do it working from home. When we’re sick and working from home it seems like the perfect opportunity to get other things done at home, but just focus on work and deal with home activities later.
- Don’t fall asleep
- This seems like a no-brainer, but when you’re in bed sick it’s hard not to doze off for a few moments. Unless you’ve taken a designated sick day, you should focus on working as hard as you would in the office.
- Just DON’t GET DISTRACTED
- I know 3 and 4 seem like they fall under this category, and maybe they do, but this is so big it deserves it’s own number. It is SO easy to be distracted working from home. You start watching tv or your friends call to check on you and an hour later you realize you were supposed to submit a press release for approval. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re not being watched by your peers. Turn the TV off. Put your texts on do not disturb, if you can. Don’t answer phone calls from friends and family, unless there’s an emergency. Again, if you can’t do it at the office, don’t do it working from home.
These are just a few tips that help me get through the days while I’m in bed with a post-surgical broken ankle.