Working from home is the new reality for many these days, so it’s no wonder people are having difficulties coping with the novel situation.
However, for some of us, this is a regular state of affairs. In fact, many people across the globe have switched their work to their home offices, either turning freelance or benefiting from outsourcing.
Working from home is a great thing, in fact. It gives us the freedom to arrange our day just as we like it, leaving enough time for leisure activities, family time and home-cooked meals.
Admittedly, things have changed drastically during the ongoing pandemic, leaving all of us imagining how to enjoy our favorite leisure activities from home. And while some people enjoy the break no matter the background, others find it extremely difficult. People with active social lives, in particular, are having difficulties coping with the new reality.
We bring you expert work-from-home tips and additional strategies to leading a fulfilling stay-at-home life without suffering any psychological consequences. Yes, it is possible!
Get Dressed and Shower in the Morning
This advice may seem like a bad joke, but it is, in fact, crucial for stay-at-home workers. Take it from us that it is quite easy to turn into an awkward hermit soon after starting work from home. For one thing, there is no dressing etiquette.
Truth be told, many people find the fact that they can do their job in their pajamas quite refreshing. We all know it is way more comfortable than business clothes, so it comes as no surprise that it is easy to adjust to this new routine.
And while comfortable clothes are a blessing, you’d be surprised to learn how many people don’t even get out of their pajamas, let alone take a shower.
For some people, getting dressed in their business clothes is a way of coping with the work from home they are having difficulties adjusting to as well. This is not the recipe for everyone. Just take your time to shower and actually change your pajamas – to whatever outfit suits you.
Keep in Touch With Coworkers Online
Depending on your job position, you may have to keep in touch with co-workers and managers or not. We recommend that, even if it is not in your job description, you should still make an effort to talk to your colleagues online.
This has never been easier. There are apps and apps that allow seamless online communication, whether it be between two or multiple people.
The practice will also help you realize faster that you are not alone and that keeping in touch remotely is an easy thing to do, once you get used to it.
Adjust Your Work to the New Environment
Since your home has suddenly become your office, your sanctuary, your library, and your resting spot, you will need to do some rearranging. The first thing to do is to choose one spot where you will work.
This is of crucial importance since you will be commuting from your “working place” no further than the dining room and bathroom, so things may get somewhat tricky.
The advice doesn’t refer only to people living with their families, mind you. Even solitary souls should make an effort to do it, as it is the single most efficient way to make your home into a spot for all kinds of activities. Once your job for the day is finished, leave your makeshift office.
Make a Schedule, Limit Social Media Activities
People with multiple work-related tasks are used to making schedules. When working from home, these schedules are a bit different, notably, in that they take into account all other activities instead of the job-related ones alone.
To increase your productivity, you should schedule your tasks, regular breaks, and leisure activities. The best thing about working from home is that you can choose the time slots you prefer as opposed to designated office breaks.
Define your leisure activities (don’t simply write down “break!”). It’s scary how easy it is to waste your time when you’re at home. Most people find themselves checking their social media profiles, binge-watching their favorite shows or simply reading updates. Before you know it, you’ll be wasting an incredible amount of time doing – nothing!
Limit your time on social media and make room for all leisure activities in your daily schedule.
Full-Time Parenting and Work From Home
Parents have it more difficult than others, even during regular times. With an abnormal situation like this one, things get even more difficult. With children being restricted to their homes, how do the parents go about their jobs?
A tricky question, that, but not without appropriate solutions. First, remember the above-mentioned advice about a dedicated work spot. Second, your children will have their daily obligations, too. There lies your solution. Make a schedule for your kids’ activities, leaving plenty of leisure time. With the technology of today, there are numerous choices for providing educational-yet-fun content.
Enjoy Your Breaks
Don’t skimp on breaks. No matter how overwhelming your daily tasks may appear, it is important that you take time to unwind. Meal breaks, leisure breaks, workout breaks… you name it.
If your daily routine includes exercise, make time to perform it at home. Fortunately, many outlets are streaming various workout routines for free, so actually you have more choices than usual. From yoga to cardio, you can now make a personalized plan and stick to it – no excuses.
As mentioned earlier, it is quite easy to get lost in this new-found freedom if you’re not accustomed to working from home. Some people cope with it by establishing new routines, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant – like washing dishes in the morning and in the evening.
The most challenging part is – not wasting time on idle activities during your working hours. Since you have a myriad of opportunities just a click away, you’ll need to set boundaries. If you’re having difficulties at first, designate time slots in your schedule for all of these. I.e.:
- 7 AM to 7:30 AM: showering
- 1 PM to 1:30 PM: lunch break
- 3 PM to 3:15 PM: washing dishes
- 5 PM to 5:45 PM: workout
- 7 PM to 9 PM: favorite TV shows
In short, it’s all about discipline!
To make your work from home enjoyable, it is crucial that you do not lose yourself in the new-found freedom. The job must still be done, and life still goes on. Albeit your activities will be restricted to your home, you can still enjoy them all.
Stick to your schedule, dress and bathe regularly, play with your kids, keep in touch with your colleagues and enjoy home-prepared meals for once. After all, this is done, you just might find yourself missing the days of freedom while staying at home.
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