As someone who has been working from home for the last 3 years, I want to offer a few tips to those who’ve made this transition recently. Working from home is a huge transition that we glamorize while we’re stuck at the office, but in reality working from home offers a lot is distractions and the main problem being loneliness. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to stay on track and stay connected to your coworkers. Hope you find these tips helpful as you transition to your home office.
1) Avoid working from the bed or couch. If you don’t have a designated workplace at home, take over a corner of the dining room table or buy a TV tray to place in front of your favorite chair.
2) follow your same routine as you would going into work. Even if you don’t have a commute anymore, take that 20-30 minutes to listen to the same music or radio stations you would as you were going into work. Staying on a schedule is a KEY for eliminating home chores creep.
3) schedule FaceTime with your coworkers. If you would normally stop and say hi to your boss on your way to your desk, mimic that same gesture through FaceTime as you “get into work”. Checking in with people in real time is so important to ward off the loneliness curve.
4) Do not engage in housework while you’re at home. Work From Home creep, like trying to do chores while doing your job, makes your day less productive. Save that laundry for “when you get home from work”.
5) take breaks and stretch your legs. Your home office is likely to be way closer to your bathroom than in the real life scenario so build in additional walking time to get to the bathroom.
6) slack/ping/ Skype your coworkers as often as possible during the day. The lack of human interaction is the biggest hurdle to address when working from home.
7) if your office area allows, open a window or fling open the blinds and let the sun in. Perks of being at home is having close access to the outdoors without leaving your desk.
8) get a plant, highly recommend a pothos for first time plant owners, and keep it near your line of sight while you work.
9) if you have a pet, try to keep the pets walks on the same schedule you would as if you were at work that way you both stay on a consistent schedule.
10) Make yourself a similar lunch as you would have at the office. If you would typically go out during your lunch break, find out what restaurant delivers in your neighborhood and have them bring you lunch. Or if there is typically a cafeteria at your office, find a way to mimic what you normally order at home. Salad bars are easy to set up into pre portioned containers, smoothies can be easily created if you know the basic ingredients that go into it, sandwiches can be made a week in advance.
Remember, this transition is one we’re all going through and is just for a short season. You can make it through this.