26 Essential Tips For Working From Home

 

Many companies are switching to a remote-only working policy during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re unaccustomed to the work-from-home life, this can prove challenging. 

 

Here at SaneBox, our team is 100% remote, and we’ve learned some things over the years. For those new to remote working, don’t fret if the constant news cycle and social media updates about COVID-19 are causing you to be less productive then you’d like to be. 

How To Be Productive When News, Fear, And Social Media Is Causing You Anxiety

 

It has become increasingly difficult to stay productive and focus on work while the threat of COVID-19 looms. In these uncertain and confusing times, when there seems to be a news development every five minutes, it can be nearly impossible to pull yourself away from obsessively checking social media or turning on the news. 

 

A recent survey from the American Psychological Association found that more than half of Americans say the news causes them stress, and many report feeling fatigue, anxiety, or sleep loss as a result. The survey goes on to say that one in ten adults checks the news every hour, and 20% of Americans report constantly monitoring their social media feeds, which is a constant reminder of the chaos we’re feeling right now. 

 

Of course, it’s easy to understand the spiral of stress we’re all experiencing. Cabin fever and general fear are all understandable side effects of the current situation, and it’s essential not to beat yourself up about how you’re feeling and reacting. Mental health is just as important as physical health right now, and even the World Health Organization is urging people not to check news and updates that often:

The 13 Best Productivity Apps You Need In 2020

 

Looking for the best apps to level up your productivity this year?

We’re always looking for actionable ways to make this year more productive than the last. We search for new approaches to improve our time management, get more done with less effort, keep track of our to-do list, whittle down our inbox, and ultimately lead more accomplished lives.

We’ve compiled this list of apps from our personal experience and deemed these ten as must-try productivity tools for 2020. An investment in just a couple of these apps is sure to increase your efficiency and help you get more done. Let’s dive in! 

Why Remote Work Will Be the New Normal

 

Working from home. Many rejoice at this unshackled approach to the workday, others (managers, mostly) bristle anxiously at the thought of unchecked working hours. 

 

The trend has seen a pretty positive uptick in recent years however, as more and more companies are embracing remote employees, remote days and flexible work hours. 

 

About 66% of companies today allow employees to work remotely, and some 16% are entirely remote, according to 2019 data. 

10 Smart Home Devices to Help Increase Your Productivity

 

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re among the 70% of workers in the US who utilize a remote day a week. Trust us when we say this, maybe only 20% are doing it as well as they could be! 

 

As more and more of the workforce enter the remote work lifestyle, this presents an opportunity to be your own awesome office manager. Get this — in the past decade, remote work saw an increase of 91%, according to studies by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics. 

 

It’s one thing to work remotely. It’s another to thrive remotely. Let’s all lean into the remote life and set up our home office environment for success. Check out these must-have home office items you need that you’re sure to love.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Productive People

 

The holiday season is officially here – have you shopped for everyone on your gift list yet? If not, don’t fret – there’s still time to make someone’s holiday a little brighter.

 

Consider easing stress for your giftees by giving thoughtful, guaranteed-to-please gifts that will help increase their productivity at work and in life. Check out the list below for a few of our favorite ideas.

4-Day Workweek Shown To Increase Productivity By 40%

 

Why is there a five-day workweek? Studies show higher productivity, less waste when opting for a four-day workweek.

 

The grind. The 9 to 5. Business days. The weekday. As a society, we all accept this as the norm. Because for us, it’s all we’ve ever known. 

 

Yet, one of the hottest trends in business and human resources is the idea of the four day work week, with promises of higher efficiency and productivity — and three day weekends. 

 

Have you ever wondered why there are seven days in a week, and only two are your days off?