How to Find Your Rhythm Working from Home
Everyone has had to made make adjustments to their lives as we’re sheltering in place. For families, this has meant having to work from home and take care of their children’s virtual learning. For working professionals, it has meant that they have had to work from home when they aren’t used to having to hold themselves to their own work schedules outside of an office setting. These adjustments may come easy to some, but if you are having a difficult time, I’ve got some tips to help you find your rhythm and efficiently work from home.
6 Tips on How to Help You Adjust to Working from Home
When you’re at home for an extended period of time, it’s easy to get comfortable. Wake up, make breakfast and start work. But there’s an essential part of your routine you left out and that’s getting dressed for the day. When you get up and get dressed for the day, you’re signaling your brain that it needs to get activated for the day as well. This small change from working in your pajamas to putting on clothes for the day will help you adjust to working from home.
There’s no one looking over your shoulder or holding you accountable while you’re working from home. You’ve got to set work targets for yourself and not only plan but execute and achieve them as well. When you set goals for yourself, you can break them down into measurable, manageable pieces, allowing you to complete your work tasks and not get overwhelmed by them. Apps like Trello are great for planning and keeping tabs on your work tasks and their completion.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you want to work from home efficiently, you need to understand that chaining yourself to your desk all day is not the way to accomplish this. In fact, it is actually one of the worst things you can do for yourself. Your body and brain need breaks from the monotony of sitting at a desk. If you tend to get in the zone when you’re working, set alarms on your phone to remind yourself that it’s time to get up, get hydrated and stretch for a little bit before you go back to your desk. This is important for your mental and physical health, so don’t neglect your break time.
Create a Designated Workspace
Working from your bed or couch may seem like a good idea, but you want to keep areas of rest and areas of work separate. When you work too much from an area that you usually relax in, it makes it that much harder to relax in that area when you want to do so. Keeping your areas of work and relaxation separate is essential when you’re working from home. Try working from the dining room table or setting up a makeshift office area in a section of your living room in order to boost your productivity at home.
Keep a Check on Distractions
Family members, non-work-related tasks, social media and unanticipated emergencies can be sources of distractions when working from home. It’s important to let your family know when you’ll be working so that they can try and be respectful of your work hours. This will help you to maintain a healthy work-life balance while working from home.
Maintain Regular Work Hours
Keeping and maintaining regular work hours will help you adjust to working from home. If you keep your start time, lunch break and end time around the same time every day, it will help keep your mind and body regulated while preventing you from overworking. Keeping a healthy routine will help you get acclimated to working from home.
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