Working from home sounds like a complete dream! You get to choose the décor in your “office,” eat what you want when you want, and maybe even wear pajamas all day long. But during this pandemic everything has changed, your husband may also be at home working or maybe yore not used to being stuck at home with a new routine.
Working from home comes with its own set of challenges. A great benefit of having an office to go to is the fact that you have a home to come to at the end of the day. When those lines are blurred it can be hard for our minds to process that.
When our mind and bodies are busy learning how to work in a new environment, it’s totally normal to get overwhelmed, feel tired, and uninspired (especially if you have a kid or two running around). These feelings make us lethargic, anxious and sometimes downright depressed.
To keep you on track and help you stay inspired while working from home, remember these 5 tips and try to put them into practice.
You don’t need to implement them all at once! Try working one in each day until you’ve found a new work-from-home flow.
Even though you’re working from home, try to act like you’re going to work every day. Set your alarm for the same time you normally would! Take your time waking up, getting yourself ready and make some breakfast. If you have children, take the opportunity to have breakfast as a family and set your intentions for the day. This will help prepare you for the day ahead and give you the chance to feel more connected to yourself or your family!
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Working in bed or on your couch is super comfy – but aside from leading to the inevitable nap, it can be really bad for your posture. It’s totally acceptable to use the dining room table as your new desk! Set the rule that from 9 to 5 (or whatever your work hours are) that is work space, and work space only.
Set parameters for yourself to quickly and efficiently finish a project. When you reach your goal, block out an hour of your day to watch an episode of your favorite show or take a walk. A great benefit of working from home is that if you have time to kill, there’s no one around to catch you sneaking in some Netlix! *wink*
Utilize the Do Not Disturb setting on your smartphone. This way, you will only see messages when you actively make the choice to look at your phone. Texts, tweets, tik toks and snapchats from your friends will just have to wait! Out of sight, out of mind.
One of the hardest parts of working from home can be the lack of human-to-human contact. We need to have that fun, worry free socialization that we just don’t get when it’s just us and our computers. After work ends, call a friend on FaceTime or use that Zoom account to have a group happy hour. All work and no play isn’t healthy!
The toughest part about working from home is finding that work-life balance. But it’s really all about perspective! If you keep the above tips in mind and make an effort to act like you’re going to work (even though you’re just going to the other side of the house) you’ll be in great shape.
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