When you’re used to going into the office each day for your job, working from home can feel stressful, isolating, and nearly impossible. The good news is that though we can expect remote work to stay awhile (if not forever), there are ways to make things easier. Here’s how to stop coping and start thriving by making your work-at-home situation feel more normal.
Start a New Routine
You may no longer have a commute, but a routine can be a healthy way to transition to your new normal. Try these techniques for maintaining your sanity—and schedule—at home.
· Create a schedule based on your previous habits.
· Take breaks—the right way.
· Set boundaries for work versus life.
Create a Productive Workspace
Setting up your work area is an essential step toward productive and enjoyable work. Try these tips to establish a space that works for you.
· Ensure your internet connection is up to the task of telecommuting.
· Design a dedicated workspace (instead of camping out on the couch).
· Keep ergonomics in mind when choosing equipment or furniture.
· Factor in productivity and establish a distraction-free area.
Find Ways to Reach Out
Now that you’re working solo at home, water cooler chat is a thing of the past. But that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with others outside the office.
· Engage in team-building efforts each day.
· Find ways to collaborate remotely.
· Consider finding a mentor to support your work at home goals.
· Get professional help from Life-Works if you experience work injuries or discomfort.
There are both significant benefits and extreme challenges involved when you’re adapting to work at home. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of resources to help you navigate the difficulties—and embrace the positive elements. Get started with this list, and you’ll feel better—and become more productive—working from home in no time.
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