As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, companies are continuing to keep their employees at home. The transition from working in the office to home can be difficult. Working in a home environment presents different challenges than those in the office. Working from home, for some, is a breeze. Others fall into problems with working from home.
If you fall into the latter category, you have a difficult time adjusting to your home office. Well, there are a number of steps you can take to make the transition easier and more enjoyable. The tips below can help you become a more efficient employee at home. They may even lift your spirits during this stressful time.
Make a Schedule and Follow It
With work and home blending, it is easy for both to overlap. You may be surprised how much of your work spills into your free time. Set a strict schedule for yourself and follow it. This also means you need to avoid your home life from interfering with your work. While your working, avoid personal use of your phone. Then, once your off work, mute your email. Doing so gives you time to relax from the daily stressors of work.
Now, you don’t have to work through the entire day without distractions. It is best to take short breaks from work. These breaks help you retain focus on the tasks at hand. Your productivity begins to drop after a certain amount of time. Avoid this dip by taking a break.
Those who work from home and live alone are facing the worst of isolation. Socialization is important because it helps stimulate our minds and improves our wellbeing. Loneliness increases the chance of developing depression, anxiety, and lower self-esteem. These issues can cause a problem with your personal and work life. Socialize with family, friends, and fellow coworkers with popular video chat programs. Zoom and Discord are just a few examples. These applications allow you to stay updated on other people’s lives without having to meet in person.
Create a Workspace (or Two!)
Find a place in your home to perform your work tasks. This area could be your kitchen table or your bedroom’s desk—maybe its a patio or balcony. Regardless, the area needs to be dedicated for work and work only. If your home is large enough, find another space for your home office. That way, you can switch between the two when you need a change of environment. It is best for these spaces to be as comfortable as possible. Do not compromise on comfort as it will affect your productivity over time.
Remember, It Won’t Last Forever
Finally, the best thing you can do for your state of mind while working from home is to tell yourself it is only temporary. We cannot be sure when the COVID-19 pandemic will come to a close, but we do know it cannot last forever.
When the pandemic is over, Titan Business Suites will still be here. We are patiently waiting for all of our tenants to return to their private office spaces when they are comfortable. If you have any questions regarding our sanitation practices, call us at (281) 769-8181. Use the tips above to get through the rest of working from home.