More people than ever are working from home at this point because of the Covid-19 pandemic. While some people have really taken to this change, others have found it more difficult. If you have started working from home recently, then the following tips may help you adjust to your new routine.
1. Have A Dedicated Work Space
You should try and set up your work space in a different location to the room where you relax. This will help you to separate your working life from your home life. It can also help you establish boundaries with others that are at home while you are working. If you are worried about having too many distractions at home, then make sure you have everything you need for the day close to hand so you don’t need to go looking for things during the day.
2. Keep A Work-Life Balance
One of the biggest difficulties from working from home is keeping your home and work life separate. It can be tempting to work a little longer at the end of the day or to log on through the evening to check emails. If you do not feel as if you are getting any meaningful break from work, then you will start to feel burned out before long. Once your computer is off for the day then this is the way it should remain until your next working day.
3. Stay Connected With Your Colleagues
It is not as easy to keep in touch with your colleagues when you are not all in the same office. Asking them a question will often involve a video call or sending an email. However, it is important that you take the time to stay connected with your other colleagues. Feelings of isolation can become overwhelming and make working from home more difficult, so try and reach out to colleagues whenever you can. This will benefit them as much as it does you.
4. Make The Most Of Your Breaks
If you were working in the office you may move away from your desk during your break. You should try and keep the same routine when you are working from home. Even just going to the kitchen to make yourself a drink or some lunch can help prevent you feeling fatigued. Don’t feel that working from home means that you have to spend every single second at your desk if you would not have done so at the office.
5. Be Kind To Yourself
If you are finding working from home stressful, then it is important to realise that you are the only person who feels this way. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you find that things do not always go to plan. The Domom website has several suggestions for practicing self-care when you are working from home. (https://www.domum.life/work-from-home-self-care-routine/) There are several of these tips which are based around finding a new routine and this is something that will help you greatly in the long run.