Writing, // May 17, 2020
Authors at Home during Virus Outbreak — WRITING
Laura Garber’s tips for the Work-at-Home Author during Virus Outbreak —
• Are you an author working from home amidst the CPVID-19 outbreak?
• Finding it hard to work efficiently and productively?
• We are here to help you.
It can be hard to keep the spirit up and stay efficient during this pandemic, but by following a few tips, you can ensure that you remain productive and your writing work doesn’t suffer. You can improve your writing skills with the help of online sites such as CraftResumes. Here are a few tips that would help you work from home as an author!
1. Get Dressed
We know that you are home, and it is comfortable to wear your PJs, but you have to get dressed properly. It will prepare you for work psychologically and will improve your state of mind as well. You can change into your formal business attire, or you can wear jeans and a t-shirt as long as you get out of comfortable PJs, shower, and get ready to tackle your writing tasks.
2. Keep your work hours
When you are working in your office, you have set hours for work. Make sure that you follow that routine as you work from home as well. Start and finish your day at the same time as you would have done before the virus outbreak.
3. Set aside space
You have a designated space in your office for work. While working for home, you should allocate a specific place for your work, and keep your laptop, files, and all work-related stuff in one place. It is not a good option to work while sitting in front of a TV or your living room where you are more likely to get disturbed by kids and family.
4. Get fresh air
Nothing gets ideas up and running in the minds of writers and authors like a breath of fresh air. If you are working from, it doesn’t mean that you have to stay all the time indoors. Make sure that you get out of the house while maintaining the social distancing SOPs, and enjoy the fresh air. A fresh mind will help you work on your writing tasks in a better way.
5. Talk with colleagues
Usually, when you are in your office, you are bound to talk to your colleagues. On the other hand, you may go the entire day without interacting with anyone while you are at home. Pick up the phone, talk to your colleagues, and don’t cut yourself off completely from the outside world.
6. Use leisure time to read
Reading is the first step when it comes to writing perfectly, and you, as an author, definitely know the benefits of reading. As you are home due to the virus outbreak, you are saving some time, such as the time you would have spent commuting to and from your office. Use this free time you have as you work from home to catch up on all the books you wanted to read. You can also improve your resume writing skills buy taking online tutorials.
7. Take a break
You don’t have to become a workaholic. Make sure that you should take little breaks to keep the work from becoming monotonous. Don’t stay glued to your laptop screen all day, typing away. Get up and move around for a bit, just as you would have done in your office.
8. Remove distractions
When you are working from home, you are likely going to be tempted by various distractions around the house. Don’t fall prey to them and focus on your work. Make sure that there are no distractions in your work area, and you are far away from the noises from the kitchen, living room, etc. Don’t spend all of your time on social media since there are negative social media effects on writing.
9. Set your goals
Make sure that you plan your day and set your writing goals. With a sense of direction, it is always hard to work efficiently. Set your objective and then divert all your resources towards ensuring its completion.
10. Give yourself some credit
This is a difficult time for all of us. As authors, we are sensitive, and it’s hard for us to work with all that is going on around the world. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss up on your schedule and fall a little behind as long as you make up for it. Pat yourself on the back. You are doing a great job!
Laura Garbers is a career coach and editor at CraftResumes. She has been an active part of the Craft Resumes company and helped people to get hired.