Given the ongoing outbreak, more and more people are being asked to work from home in order to help prevent further spread of the virus. For those who haven’t had to work from home before, this prospect might seem interesting, exciting even. However, those who have had to work from home before know that it’s not as enticing as it seems. Sure, you get to sleep in a little and eat whenever you want to, but you’d be surprised by the impact that working from home could have on your productivity, your mindset, and your mental health. Here are a few tips to help you adapt to working from home a little better.
Maintain a Routine When Working From Home
When you go to work in an office, you have to follow a routine. You wake up at a specific time, shower, get dressed, have some breakfast, and head out to your commute. However, none of these steps might seem necessary when you are working from home. After all, you might think you can just work in your pajamas or that you can have breakfast while you get some work done. However, this might end up impacting your own disposition. We recommend that people establish a routine, even when working from home. Just because you are not working in the office does it mean that you shouldn’t take care of yourself. Working in your pajamas becomes demoralizing after the second week, trust us.
Establish a Workspace
It’s tempting, but try not to work from your bed. You don’t want to be that person. Beds are for sleeping, couches are for sitting and watching TV, desks are for working. If you keep working from your bed or your couch you are going to start subconsciously confusing what these are for. When you start work in the morning, you don’t want to feel sleepy just like you don’t want to feel like you should be working when you go to bed at night. Try to establish a work station, even if it’s just a corner of your dining room table.