If you are generally new to working from home on a full-time basis, we at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence have put together a few ideas that may be useful.

Routine

It is best to develop a schedule and routine that works for you. Treat the day like a workday and get up on time, dress for the office (even if it is casual) and try to keep a regular schedule.

In any case, schedule your focused work during your peak energy cycle and do things that require less focus during low energy times. This is a natural cycle but can be influenced by diet and exercise. Eat some protein when you need to push through a low energy time to finish a task.

Environment

You need a regular place to work. So, even if you do not actually have dedicated office space at home it is important to create it. Some things to consider include:

Take Care of Yourself

Lastly, it is very important to continue to do the basics. Make sure you exercise regularly, even if it is only going for a walk, but hopefully something more like stretches and light weights. Make sure to eat well and do not revert to junk food, and certainly get enough sleep. Finally, block out some time for yourself for reflection. I hope these tips trigger some ideas for you.

 

This article appeared in PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VII, July 2020.

John Cable, Director, Project Management Center for Excellence, University of Maryland

How to cite this article: Cable, J. H. (2020). Converting to Online Teaching: A Series of short guidance articles for educators and institutions – Tips for Working at Home, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VII, July.

 

 

Posted by David on July 8, 2020