For many people, the COVID-19 crisis has turned their world upside down. Working from home can be lonely, isolating, and very challenging. You’re faced with constant interruptions and not leaving the house for several days at a time. While working from home can appear idyllic, it can eventually take its toll on your mental health.
Luckily, there are strategies you can adopt if you find yourself working from home. Keep reading for some tips on how to stay sane and be extremely productive.
During Your Day, Remember to Schedule Breaks and Downtime
If you work from an office your breaks and lunchtimes are automatically scheduled into your day. When you’re working from home it’s easy to find yourself eating lunch at your computer and sitting at your desk for hours at a time.
Schedule time away from your computer so you can refuel and reset.
Don’t Stay Plugged in 24/7
Thanks to technology we can be contacted 24 hours a day. If you don’t unplug completely you’ll find the boundaries getting easily blurred.
Get Out of the House
You may find yourself less willing to leave the house, especially if you’re in the middle of a big project.
Remember the saying, a change is as good as a rest. Schedule outings into your working week, meet up with friends for lunch or coffee, or arrange coworking dates.
Enjoy a Change of Scenery
A change of scenery will make a massive difference in your productivity and perspective. Even if it’s just a quick walk around the block, schedule time to get out of the house.
Don’t be Embarrassed to Ask for Support
You don’t have to be alone when you work from home. Take time out to catch up with co-workers. If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, look for networking opportunities off or online.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
It doesn’t have to be a massive space, but a dedicated workspace means you’ll have somewhere to keep your files, supplies, and equipment.
Communicate Your Expectations
If you work in a home with others such as a partner or kids, be clear with everyone about when you’re working.
Working from home can be an adventure if you’re aware of how it can impact your body, mind, and those around you. Remember that one of the joys of working from home is that it allows you to do things you couldn’t if you were working in an office.