Many businesses are asking employees to work from home for (at least) the 2 few weeks until the COVID-19 virus is under control. For those who are not used to working from home and especially for those with children now at home too, this has the potential to be a very difficult time. And businesses can’t afford for a lack of productivity during this time. So, what can you do to keep your mental well-being and the welfare of your job on track?

The biggest obstacle for those who are new to working remote is figuring out how to stay organized and on track during the workday. At the start of each day, create a to-do list, and come up with a schedule to complete each task. Most employers don’t mind if you take a 5 minute break here and there to switch out laundry, or make lunch for the kids, but you still have to find a way meet all of your deadlines. The only way to make sure to stay on track is to be structured.

Another obstacle many people face when working remote is communicating with coworkers. Luckily, there are so many ways to communicate electronically in this day and age. You can host meetings through video chat on Skype, you can post GIFs and have fun chat on MS Teams, and don’t underestimate the power of a phone call versus an email for important matters. Yes, it can be a little challenging to not be able to lean over and ask your coworker a question at home, but try to have fun with the other ways you can communicate with them electronically.

Some people may struggle with motivation when working from home. Remain accountable and take ownership for your part in the company’s success during this difficult economic time. Make sure that you have a work space that is free of distractions. Get comfortable, but not too comfortable. Sometimes putting on work clothes can actually help you trigger your work mindset, rather than lounging in your pajamas all day. Allow yourself a few breaks throughout the day, exercise, or take a walk. Getting the blood flowing throughout your body will help you be more motivated when you return to your workstation.

This is a very difficult time for employees and business owners alike. Keep your eye on the prize and remember that things will soon go back to normal.