Having my current job as a supervisor in a healthcare facility has meant that throughout the pandemic, I have been considered an essential worker. There were no initiatives for me or my staff to work from home. That said, I was able to bargain with my team, and convinced them to let me work from home if need be, this only happened when I had large reports to do and getting them done in the office seemed like an impossible feat.
From that experience and after talking to my cousin who has been working from home since the start of the pandemic, I have compiled a shortlist of tips and tricks to being as productive as possible when working from home.
- Create a separate space for yourself in your home where you go to solely focus on work. I’ll be honest, sometimes I follow this and sometimes I don’t, I think on occasion it is good to change things up, and switching up your environment is part of that. As humans, our subconscious minds are quite smart. We learn to associate things from past experience. For example, have you ever been walking down the street and came across a familiar smell or song and have been brought back to a memory from your past? This is association and your mind will do the same thing when you try to bring your worklife into your home. This is why it is so important to have a separate area for your work if you have to work from home.
- Before you start your day, bring some drinks coffee or tea, and water, as well as some healthy snacks to your workspace so you can take micro-breaks without losing momentum.
- Take full breaks – it may feel like you don’t need them as much when you’re working from home, because you’re in your own space, you don’t have as many things or people pulling you away from your work, etc. But do take a full 30 min to hour-long break, to reset your mind and stretch your legs.
- Get yourself ready just as you would if you go into work physically. If that means you get up and shower, style your hair, and do your makeup, then do that. This will get you in the mindset that you are going to work and will break the association your subconscious mind has that it is time to relax when you are at home in your pajamas.
- Let your family know your working hours, obviously, young children are an exception to this. But, if you are able to avoid getting pulled away from your work during your work hours, you will be far more productive than otherwise.
- Track every expense and keep all of your receipts. When tax time comes, this will be super helpful for you and you will be able to claim some of your business expenses for tax credits.
Working from home can be very different from working at your workplace and it can impact your work-life balance if you are not careful about setting boundaries between the two. I hope the tips above will help with navigating where those boundaries lie. If you have any good tips to share please do in the comments below!
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Until then, keep on keeping on folks.