If you’re still employed and earning an income during COVID-19, you have something to be grateful for. Although this is a new situation for all of us, which means we aren’t sure how to handle things, it’s important to make adjustments so that your work doesn’t suffer during this time. Here are 5 things you need to make working from home a little easier.

Great wi-fi connection

Working from home means you need to have good internet connection. You’ll have to do some re-search on which options are most suitable for your home, work demands and budget. Remember that paying a little bit more once a month for reliable internet is better than having to spend money in dribs and drabs a few times a month.

A home ‘office’

You’re going to need a comfy yet practical space to work from. This can simply be a small space where you’re able to get away from distractions, focus and channel your energy into your work. Make sure you’ve got everything you need, including stationery, a notebook and any other materi-als you use for work. You can also style your space to make it look cool, but remember to keep it practical so that you can stay productive.

Healthy snacks

Now that you’re home, it’s very easy to develop some unhealthy eating habits, so you’ll need to make an effort to make healthy choices when it comes to food. Opt for healthy snacks like nuts and fruit as opposed to a bag of chips, and make sure you stay hydrated. Remember, the food you eat plays a huge role in how much energy you’ll have as well as your concentration levels, so it’s really important to keep a healthy diet.

A routine

You’re definitely going to need a routine to get used to your new normal. Dealing with a pandemic means having such little control over so many things, which can be overwhelming. To help you get a handle on your life, so that you’re feeling calm and more in control, you’ll need to plan your tasks so that you’re following a daily routine. Remember to allow for a little of flexibility in your routine, so that you don’t start to panic if things don’t go all the way according to plan on some days.

Discipline

Staying productive and working while so many negative things are happening in the world, can be really difficult. You’re not just going to need help staying motivated, you’ll need loads of discipline too. Being disciplined is all about following through with your tasks in the time you’ve committed to doing them, and keeping to the promises you’ve made to yourself and others. If you’re in need of a little bit of help staying disciplined while working from home, read this article for tips.

Although it’s important to be grateful for the positive things we have in our lives, like the ability to earn an income, it’s also okay to feel like you’re out of your depth sometimes. Take things a day at a time, communicate with your colleagues and superiors and don’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t go according to plan.

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