“Working from home” can either be a good or bad thing, depending on the person. Some people love not having to commute into an office.
Others start to lose their minds not being able to go out. Regardless of your stance on working remotely, it’s a reality the majority of the population is facing right now due to the COVID pandemic.
For those that feel as though they are losing their minds and struggling to adjust to the change, there are a few power moves that people who work successfully do daily.
Working from home can be a great way to balance work and family life, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some struggles that come with working where you live.
Here are some of the power moves you should incorporate into your daily work routine.
Have a to-do list, and get started ASAP
As soon as you wake up in the morning, don’t prolong the day by procrastinating or laying in bed. Doing so may slow you down and make you feel sluggish. The first power move that all successful work from home people do is to get going.
Have a routine! Get up, make coffee, shower – get your day going like you used to before the pandemic. Some people even benefit from just jumping right into their work (even before business hours) simply to avoid procrastination and realizing that they’re working from home. Find your routine and stick to it – have your to-do list for the day ready to go and jump right into it.
Have a dedicated ‘office’, and go there
Many people struggle with the fact that where they work is where they are living. One important power move people do every day is to go into their office. No, not the actual brick and mortar building – rather, successful people who WFH create a designated space for where they work. They set it up to feel like an office space, and it helps distinguish home life with work life.
Another solution for this would to be to go to a place that could be an office, but outside of your home. A coffee shop, a library or a café usually served as a nice escape from home before COVID times. With some of these places reopening, it could be a possibility to go sit somewhere other than your living room to work.
Remember to have set office hours
Just as you would have regular 9-5 office hours (or whatever your shift may be), try to incorporate that into the home.
The time may all blur together when you have no set space to go and come home to, so watch the clock and be sure to create a distinction between relaxation and work.
Mental health is extremely important to monitor, especially during a pandemic. Be kind to your mind and make sure you take a break from work.
Of course, there are always late nights at the office where you need to work overtime to accomplish all of your tasks. This is sometimes unavoidable and some jobs even require a lot of overtime on a daily basis.
Regardless, aim to do one activity a day for yourself – you can do it in the morning, evening or during a lunch break. The goal is to separate yourself from constant work.
Nobody said working from home was easy, but by incorporating these power moves into your new daily routine, it may make the day a little easier.