Working from home is a pretty big shift for a lot of people. Though the average person is used to working from home on the odd occasion, most people don’t know what it looks like full-time. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies that allow employees to work from home, as well as independent professionals, like freelancers, who have been at it for a long while and can show you the way to help you avoid certain pitfalls. With the right mindset, you can easily stay productive while working from home until that day when offices everywhere reopen.
Keep Your Work Focus
The biggest problem with working from home is the home element. Most of us use our homes to relax and recover, not work. This is why suddenly turning your home into a legitimate workplace can feel difficult. There are plenty of distractions whether it is children, pets, or even tv. The fact is that there are plenty of temptations around the home and it is up to you to remain focused as if you were actually at work. Try to maintain your schedule, create a closed-off space if possible, and act as if you were actually in the office with your boss nearby. Don’t be tempted by the siren call of social media or Netflix. Stay focused and get the work done.
Stay In Touch With Your Coworkers
When you are sitting in an office, it can be really simple for you to simply walk over to someone’s desk to discuss something. At home, that isn’t an option. It means that you have to take added steps to communicate with your coworkers, and most people are absolutely thrown by this. For some reason, most of us would rather just dodge the communication rather than send an email or make a phone call. Don’t be that person. If you want your office to continue to operate effectively with everyone at home, it is important to keep communication active. It will help to maintain relationships and keep everything running smoothly.
Most people don’t realize how much they love their office and coworkers until they don’t get to see them every day. Working from home can feel a lot like losing your work family. The lunches, breaks, and fun side-bars are missing. For many people, this can be an isolating transition, which can leave you feeling terrible during times that are already difficult for all of us. Make sure that you take the time to enjoy yourself. Try something new, Facetime with friends, send a good meme to a coworker. It is important to maintain good feelings. Being stuck inside is hard, so take active steps to make it better.
Coronavirus has ultimately spotlighted the reality that working from home is possible and also a bit awkward for most of us. If you are one of many struggling to stay motivated while you work from home, don’t worry. With a few simple changes, you can make working from home a more manageable process that will ultimately make you better at your job. It might be strange, but at least you aren’t stuck drinking terrible office coffee!