If you are on this page, the chances are that you are working from home and want to know how you can improve your productivity and retain your sanity.
Before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way people work, working from home was a concept that some only imagined. Completing tasks at the comfort of your couch, sending job emails with your furry friend cuddled next to you, and your kids walking in your home office with demands, etc., is the new normal.
However, you may be finding it hard to juggle various projects from your home. Or maybe time management is becoming an issue. Staying sane amid everything is now a challenge. But do not worry; this article will help you find inspiration on how to retain your sanity when working from home.
There are different breaks when working from the office, such as lunchtime and taking time off the desk to consult with a colleague. On the other hand, working from home is a bit different. You will find yourself taking fewer breaks than you should. As much as this makes you more productive, it can take a toll on your well-being.
From having your lunch in front of your computer to staying for hours without stretching, working from home makes it easier to get carried away. The entire process can result in emotional, mental, and physical drain. To be safe, give yourself the necessary breaks to refuel and reset.
Before you go for ten hours of work without food, ask yourself about the result. Will you wake up the next day fresh for work if you sit on your computer past midnight? Knowing when to stop is part of self-care.
Accordingly, you can give yourself a treat after work by taking a long, warm shower or scheduling a weekend family outing. Lastly, make sure you work out to get your body in top shape. Physical exercise will help you remain in good shape and relieve the mental drain and stress associated with working from home.
Get out of the house
Another problem with working from home is that you can go for days without stepping outside unless when going shopping. Here is the reality: you find it hard to leave your house with time as you get drowned in your work to complete projects in time.
This setup is meant to make you more productive. But sometimes, you need the change of environment to rest and become even more effective. Schedule regular outings, meet friends, and plan dates to ensure you get out of the house. You will realize that the break helps your brain relax and reset.
Create a dedicated workspace
Creating a dedicated workspace helps you become more organized and relaxed. However small, ensure your home office provides space to keep your work supplies and equipment.
Your workspace should have the basic items you need for work, such as an internet connection, a computer, a comfortable seat and desk, and other tools. This place should be the link between you, your work, and the outside world.
You may want to set up in one corner or dedicate an entire room for work. Whatever your choice, it should be somewhere to keep you away from the rest of the family.
Meeting deadlines is one of the most challenging things when working from home. In most cases, you find yourself rushing to complete tasks in time. Sometimes you may be tempted to multitask with jobs piling on your desk. In the end, you find yourself drained, stressed, and exhausted.
To avoid this situation, learn to plan your work. Have weekly schedules and a daily to-do list in order of urgency to help you focus on what is most important beforehand. Scheduling your work will also make you more productive by staying on task and getting things done.
Create a boundary
Another challenge if working from home is distractions. Now that you are home expect kids to pop up with their demands in the middle of work or skimping on work to catch your favorite TV show.
Without things like the end of working hours, you may also find yourself doing it on and on. Create boundaries that define your work time from family time. For instance, make your friends aware of your working hours to avoid interruptions. The same should apply to family members. Lastly, minimize distractions, such as noise, to allow you to focus on your tasks.
The bottom line
Working from home can make you more productive, but it can also threaten your sanity. If you want to avoid stress, create the ideal home office and make it comfortable for all your work-related activities.
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