Working from home is really, really hard and it can be tricky to continue to work effectively and efficiently! In order to combat these struggles, try to get dressed, communicate effectively with your coworkers, create a solid workspace and schedule, turn work off at the end of the day, and making sure to take care of yourself to help get through working from home.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there have been global mandates to work from home and stay inside as much as possible. While we can all agree that this is the safest course of action, it can be scary and daunting to be productive at home. There can be a thousand distractions, from kids, to animals, to snacks, or realising how dirty your home is and needing to clean it right away. In light of this, we’ve put together a few tips to make it a little bit easier.
- Get dressed. While it may sound nice to stay in your pyjamas all day to work, it can leave you feeling sleepy and unmotivated. If you want to be productive, the best way is to act like you’re still going into the office. Don’t worry about getting dressed up, like you would if you were going into the office. Stay comfortable, but get out of your pyjamas. Shower, eat breakfast, drink coffee, etc, all before beginning your work. It will help you to likely be more productive and stay that way throughout the day.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. The key to working together from afar is communication. If you are keeping in close contact with the other members of your team, it makes it easier to accomplish tasks and have grace for one another if something does come up.
- Create a workspace. Don’t work where you sleep. By moving your workspace away from your bed, you’ll be more likely to remain productive and avoid that midday nap that’s calling your name.
- Create a schedule. Allow yourself to take breaks and refresh your mind, just like you might at the office. Set yourself boundaries to be productive in and allow yourself time to be wildly silly and unproductive. It will help maintain your mental health and keep your days from blurring together.
- Turn off your work. Just as you would put your work away before commuting home, put your work away and make the transition into home life. Whether that means turning off your computer, or just shutting down the work applications (or tabs even!), make the concerted effort to turn off your work. You’re already in a new situation and being stretched in a new direction with your work, you don’t need to push yourself too far.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you are taking the time to meet your emotional, physical, and mental needs. Practice your favourite form of self-care, take a bath, do an at-home workout, do whatever you need to do to maintain your mental health and break away from the stress. We don’t need stress and anxiety to be another pandemic that comes out of this. Take the time to find calm and balance within your life and yourself.
By following these tips, we can’t guarantee that it’ll be a smooth transition into working from home, but hopefully it’ll be a little easier. We’re all stretching ourselves to adapt to the changing situation of this pandemic. Be gentle with yourself and communicate with your coworkers on how you are doing. If you need a break, take it. Don’t push yourself too far while in the midst of this. We don’t know how long it will last or what is going to happen, so pace yourself and take care of your physical and mental health first and foremost.