3 Tips for How to Survive Working from Home
Well, coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, which means, for some, that short term plan to work from home has been extended indefinitely. You may not have made any major arrangements or setup any good practices for working at home originally, but it may be time to start. Separating your work and home life can be extremely important for your well-being. When the line between the two starts to blur, you can find yourself dealing with decreased productivity, mental burnout, and increased stress. Here are three tips for how to survive working from home.
Newton’s First Law of Motion applies here: A body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it. It can be really tempting to hang out in your pajamas, laying around all day when you don’t have to leave the house. The problem is, it makes it a lot harder for your brain to make the switch between lounging and working. Stick to your normal daily morning routine as if you were going into the office. Take a shower, brush your teeth, change into some fresh clothes, whatever helps you feel ready to tackle the day.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
Just as much as getting ready each morning, having a defined workspace in your house helps your brain transition from “home” to “work”. Pick a place in your house to set up as your home office. Ideally, this is a quiet place away from your regular “living” areas of the house that you can dedicate just for work. If that’s not an option, no worries! Just pick a spot where you know you can comfortably work on a daily basis. The idea is to avoid turning your entire home into a nebulous space where you never quite know where the boundary is.
Turn It Off
When you work in an office, it’s easy to define the end of your workday. Shutting down your computer, leaving the office, and commuting home makes for a clear separation between your work and personal life. That doesn’t happen when you’re working from home. It can be difficult to draw the line where work ends, and home life begins. Make sure to define your office hours and stick to them. Set an alarm to remind you when it’s time to log off, shut your computer all the way down, leave your defined workspace, whatever you need to do to signify you are done for the day.
And when you are done for the day, take some time for yourself. Get outside for a walk, do some meditation, or relax with a good book. It’s important not to neglect your personal health and well-being, even when working from home.