So many things in our world have changed drastically and for many, work is at the top of that list. We know the switch to working from home full time can definitely take some getting used to. When you add a spouse or roommates and kids all at home at the same time, this transition can become even tougher. With that in mind, we wanted to share some tips to make your new work from home life productive and enjoyable.
Designate a Work Space
Not everyone has a home office or area they can designate for work only. If that is your reality, don’t worry! Here are a few suggestions for creating a great work from home space. First, make sure you have good lighting. Natural light is a plus, as it has been proven to increase productivity and elevate your mood. Next, take care of your back by choosing a comfortable but straight-backed chair to ensure good posture. And finally, utilizing a basket for work supplies will help to keep them all in one place and also make for an easy clean up at the end of your day.
Set a Work Schedule
Working from home takes both discipline and flexibility. Per PCMag, “Set a schedule, and stick to it…most of the time. Clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s time zone. When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it.”
Don’t Neglect Your Personal Routines
It’s important to keep your work/life balance, balanced! If you used to meet a colleague or friend for coffee one morning a week, do it virtually via FaceTime or Google Hangouts. This makes for a fun happy hour too! If you stopped at the gym before or after work, get in a walk or online workout. The activity and interactions will help to keep you energized and maintain connections.
Try to Minimize Distractions
Kids, pets, spouses – with everyone home 24/7, the distraction possibilities are endless! We suggest going over schedules in the morning, so everyone knows what to expect (like keeping the house quiet for a video call at 11am, etc.). Set out snacks and plan some activities for the kiddos that will keep them busy during your ‘office hours’. And remember to go with the flow! Not everything will be in your control – we’re looking at you family pet – and if background noise gets a little loud, you might just have to hit the mute button to get through a call.
Just like you did when you were working in an office, take breaks to clear your head and check in on your ‘co-workers’, a.k.a. housemates. Everyone is having to make adjustments right now, and it’s important to stay connected. Eat lunch together, go for a quick midday walk, or have a 10-minute dance party with the kiddos to get the sillies out.
With a little planning, some structure and a lot of flexibility, working from home can be productive and fun! We hope you found these suggestions helpful and would love to hear your tips and tricks for working from home. Please share in the comments below!