With the current situation going on, you might have gone from your city full-time gig, working in an office surrounded by people to held up in your house… alone.
It is no joke when people say that working from home can be hard – it’s not all sleep ins, Netflix and lounge time. Those rather become constant distractions and temptations that you have try your hardest not to give in to.
So how do you do it? How do you work from home without binge watching all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy? We have [some of] the answers!
Still have your morning routine
The hardest thing to get used to wanting to wake up at the same time when you don’t have to commute to the office. You “start” at 9 so if you wake up at 8:55 and roll out of bed, that will give you 5 minutes to get to your workspace. Sure, ‘lax your alarm by half an hour but make sure you are still getting up in the morning and doing your routines. Have your coffee in bed, make your breakfast, do your workout and anything else you did in the morning. Even putting on make up and real clothes for the day, even though you aren’t going anywhere, can mentally prepare you for a day of working.
Set your work hours
If your company is quite relaxed and haven’t set up morning meetings, or structured times, it can be hard to resist the temptation of doing chores or sneaking in an episode [or three] during the day. Having those set hours can help you determine what you can and can’t do, like sure put on a load of washing but only hang it out in your lunch break or at the end of the day. Having set hours can also stop you from working too much. If you have everything set up for the day, you might just keep working into the night. 5pm finish means 5pm finish!
Have a dedicated workspace
It can be a hard adjustment not going and sitting at your desk that is all set out nicely and is basically your second home. What really helps is to try set up a dedicated work area whether it is on your kitchen counter if you don’t have a study, or maybe you have bought a small desk to put in your lounge room. Knowing that when you are in this space it is ‘work time’ can help separate that temptation to lounge away.
Managing the loneliness
Co-workers. You love them, but then you also love to hate them. Now that you are at home either by yourself or with your partner (and potentially kids), you might start to feel lonely and isolated. Now I know working from home is to help with the current crisis, but just because we have to self isolate, doesn’t mean that we have to feel isolated. If it is just you at home, set up some daily calls with some co-workers so that you can discuss what you are doing and how you are feeling. Maybe on your lunch break set up daily ‘lunch chats’ with them so you can spend half an hour or so talking with someone who isn’t just over email or texts.
Working from home…with your partner
If your partner is working from home (I will be praying for you) it can bring up a few challenges. You are used to those 8 hours of separation throughout the day and if you aren’t used to being so close to together while trying to work, it can sometimes be less than optimal. Create dedicated ‘work vs personal’ time ensuring that between the hours of 8-4 (minus an hour lunch break) that is work time and you can’t talk about Covid 19 the whole day. You might also start expecting things from each other since you are both at home, like how you have done the dishwasher twice and they haven’t done it once. Open up a line of communication with eachother with expectations, schedules and if you need help with anything. Unfortunately, communication is key!
We hope that everyone is doing okay during this hard time, and to please reach out if you are in need of something.