Lots of companies are executing work-from-home guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic. This means that many of us are facing an unusual challenge. Even if for some they have already done it before, but with the pandemic, it’s like a new world. Even outside of work, you can’t certainly socialize in person.
These tips might help you become successful both at getting your work done and maintaining your mental well-being:
- GET DRESSED
This might seem to be simple but this one is crucial. It is tempting to just stay with your pajamas all day. You don’t need to dress as formally as you do for work. A simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to get things done. Getting dresses also relate to other appearance-based tasks such as having a shower, brushing your hair, and even putting make-up. It can go a long way in helping you taking care of yourself if you take care of your appearance. Besides, even when you are just at home no one will ever get to see your effort on getting dressed. We’re all about to have a lot of video meetings though.
2. DESIGNATE A HOME OFFICE
It’s a big challenge to keep your work and home life separate. If you are used to going to an office every day, separation from home and work can be a challenge. As much as possible, you may want to reconstruct that with a designated workplace at home. Try to make your workspace comfortable with few decorations where you can sit 8 hours a day. Find an area where you can get natural lighting if possible. At the beginning of the day upon entering your workspace will help you turn on.
- KEEP CLEAR ON YOUR WORKING HOURS
Just as how you separate and having your workspace, you must also be clear about when you’re not and when you’re working. You will get your finest work finished if you manage your time properly. If you live with other people, communicate with them. Establish a boundary with the people living with you to avoid distractions while you are working.
- DON’T BE TOO SUCKED IN ANYTHING OR BY THE NEWS
People who are working from home have a big challenge of distractions. They say that your home is right in front of you which means that whatever you are usually thinking about getting home after work is now with you. You need to get wary of how much you let yourself get distracted. One of the biggest distractions as well is the news. If you are someone who gets easily distracted with a news alert, turn off your notifications during the work hours. The news will just still be there after work.
You are cutting off a lot of casual social interactions when you are working from home. It is not the usual you are having throughout the day before the pandemic. You can still socialize with your colleagues through texts, calls, or online chats. If you usually ask your coworkers about their weekends, keep that up. Even when the world is freaking out, it’s still more important that we reach out to others, connect with them, and take care of each other.