Now more than ever, lots of people are working from home. Whether you’re used to a day or two of working remotely or this is a whole new ballgame, there are definite positives and negatives to this work style. However, particularly when many of us are staying at home all the time due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be even harder to find a work/life balance. Here are some tips that may help you establish boundaries and get things done.
What in your morning routine indicates you're about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
It is really easy to grab your computer and sit in front of the TV. However, it can actually make you lose track of time and be less productive. Find a space in your home to dedicate as your office space — once established, your mind will be ready to get to work when you’re in that spot.
Taking brain breaks every few hours helps you to be more productive. Take a 15-minute walk around your neighborhood, call a friend for a quick chat, or make a mid-afternoon snack. Your work (and your mood!) will be better for it!
It's easy to just turn on the TV, but you can get lost in Triple D or that House Hunters marathon. Opt for music to jam out to and set the mood for your work day. Also, it’s a great way to drown out the neighbor’s barking dog.
When you’re working remotely, you can’t make assumptions. Don’t underestimate the value of picking up the phone to call a co-worker. Communicating often can help limit the frustrations that can build up when people who are working on the same project aren’t on the same page.
No, talking to yourself is not a sign of insanity. Sometimes, it really helps! When you are in a quiet space for a long period of time, it can help to talk out loud and work through a challenge.
After a few days of being solo at home or with loved ones can be difficult. Don't forget to treat yourself to what makes you happy — renting a movie one night, having ice cream for lunch, or ordering take out from your favorite restaurant.
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the end of the workday. Taking the dog for a walk, have a glass of wine, or send a sign off email to your team. It’ll help you enjoy the rest of your day rather than feeling like you’re always “on.”
And the most important thing to help you have WFH success? Stay positive! Above all, be creative and don't let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness, or productivity. Whether you’re working from home, trying to homeschool for the first time, or waiting for your industry to get back to normal, our team at Decode sends you peaceful wishes during this turbulent time.