Over the last couple of years, the world has changed drastically. Our working practices have changed the most. Homework has become more and more popular. It takes some getting used to working from home compared to the office. We’ll share some tips on how to adapt to working from home and get you productive.
1. Make a Workspace
Working from home is difficult if you don’t have a dedicated workspace. There is no TV, no one else in the family, and no pets here, so this is a private space. Make sure you have everything you need. What you need to accomplish your work effectively and efficiently – laptop, pens, work pad, chargers.
After you’ve assembled your equipment, it’s time to find a place where you’ll be comfortable to do your work. Sitting back with your feet up on the couch may seem appealing. When you work from home, it is easy to fall victim to this trap of becoming too comfortable, but avoid it as much as possible. If you have a desk at home, position yourself at it as much as possible. Convert your dining room table into a temporary workstation from 9 to 5 if you do not have one already.
The only option you may have if you do not have a desk or the dining room table is not available is to sit on your living room sofa. As you sit on a sofa, make sure you’re as upright and comfortable as possible. Effective posture enhances your productivity.
2. Develop a routine
Make a plan and stick to it. Having a strict schedule to follow is one benefit of working in an office. When such a schedule is not in place, it is easier for the line between work and personal time to blur, which can negatively impact work-life balance. Consistently sticking to your schedule and sleeping schedule is the best advice.
Spend your ‘commute time’ on a fulfilling breakfast, exercise, or some morning reading instead of doing your commute. Finish your workday at the end of the day. Give yourself some “me time” by putting away your laptop and stopping checking emails. By missing commutes, you’ll have more energy to spend with your family, go for walks, or spend more time preparing lunch and dinner.
3. Limit your screen time
It’s easy to become glued to screens these days as work is increasingly screen-based and mobile phones and tablets play a greater role in our daily lives. It is especially problematic when working from home because of the ease of transition between working and social screen time. When we wake up, we may look at a screen until we go to sleep, and this habit can become easy to fall into. In this situation, we must act consciously and deliberately to give our eyes and bodies a break from our screens.
Remind yourself hourly to get up from your chair, get outside, and get up from your desk. Let your eyes relax and rehydrate by leaving your phone behind. This is an excellent way to relieve eye strain and prevent headaches while giving your mind and body a break. LED screens emit harmful blue light, so use blue light filters to block it. Consider picking up a pair of blue light blocking lenses to protect your eyes even more. Digital screens emit blue light, which can cause eye fatigue and eye strain. Blue Light Control neutralizes that blue light. Maintains the eyes in good condition, offering better contrast perception and more comfortable, relaxed vision.
4. Spend time socializing
When you leave a busy office and move into a relaxed and quieter environment like your home, it can be overwhelming. There is no social interaction throughout the day that you’re used to. Breaking up your day this way can often help you relax and refresh your mind after a long day of work.
Stay connected with your friends and colleagues throughout the day to avoid this. Interact with others, especially those in the department, via calls, texts, or IM apps like Slack. Keep in touch with your co-workers and stay up to date on their weekend activities. As a team member, you need to maintain your position. When the time comes to return to the office, it will be much easier to adjust as well as to stay on top of developments.
5. Get out of the house
I know it isn’t the best thing in the world to commute to and from work, but it at least allows us to get some fresh air before and after work. You can easily stay indoors at home all day when you’re working from home. It is impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle or work effectively at home when this occurs. It’s important to get outdoors at least once or twice each day, whether you’re going for a walk or simply relaxing in the garden. Remind yourself to get some fresh air by setting a few alarms on your phone.
Your body and mind will both benefit from getting out and about. Give yourself some space and time away from your workstation throughout the day to clear your mind of any mental blocks. With the added bonus that nature is free, nature can be an amazing source of inspiration! What could be better than that?