The majority of us that have been lucky enough to keep our jobs during the pandemic have probably been able to start working from home. This has been a major switch for lots of people and it can be a positive or negative thing depending on how you look at it. Let’s take a look at how you can make the best of it if you aren’t going back to the office anytime soon.
First off, you need to find a place in your home or location of choice where you can work mildly normal. For some, that may be the kitchen table while others have the luxury of having an actual office. In the case of both spouses working from home, one may take one room while the other works in the living room or at the kitchen table. In the IT field, you would need to have room to get comfortable and have whatever papers you made need with notes and your laptop. Mildly normal could constitute being able to at least work while the kids are playing in the background and the dogs bark at everything that passes by the house. Regardless of your situation, make sure you are able to be comfortable and that you have enough space where you can function and complete your daily tasks.
Though the bed might wrap you in itself every morning as the clock ticks closer to the dreaded alarm – don’t continuously press the snooze button! Just because you only have to walk to the other side of the house to work doesn’t mean you should do it without being somewhat coherent. Create a routine where you get up 30 minutes to an hour before you actually have to start the clock so that you can clear your mind, maybe eat breakfast and get out of those pjs into something that will brighten your mood for the day (there are studies that show this is true!).
Don’t spend the whole day working. Just because you are at home working, doesn’t mean you have to focus all your time in your job. You need to take a breather so step away for lunch, laundry and even dishwashing. This will allow you to clear your head and unwind from whatever you have going on. Once you return to your work, you’ll feel better not only because you walked away but also because you completed a chore that you don’t have to do later after you officially clock out.
Don’t get me wrong, there can be some negatives to working from home as mentioned earlier. For example, all the noise (or lack of it) could keep you distracted. You could also have internet connection issues which could cause a whole mess of things. Also, you aren’t able to have that face-to-face connection with those in the office (virtually isn’t the same). Now positive ones, you may ask? You are more than likely more productive because people aren’t coming and going from your office. The fact that you’re saving money in gas, eating out for lunch, etc is a nice thought. Ultimately, at home, you are able to be in control of your surroundings and complete your work in a comfortable manner while also spending more time with your pets and/or family. If done properly, you could actually be productive not only for your place of work but also on the personal side as well.
What do you think?
Do you prefer working from home or at the office?