Working from Home
Over the past several weeks, many of us have transitioned into working from home. It can be challenging to get used to this new reality, so we’ve compiled some tips and tricks as suggested by our team here at Northland to make working from home an easy and enjoyable experience.
Get ready in the morning
Getting ready doesn’t have to mean putting on your typical work attire and doing a full face of makeup, it’s about maintaining a sense of routine and getting your mind into work mode. Getting ready can mean brushing your teeth and making your usual cup of coffee or it can mean following the same routine you would if you were going into the office.
Have a designated workspace
As tempting as it may be to work from your bed, the novelty will quickly wear off. Having a space that is dedicated to working creates a mental separation that allows you to slip into the flow of working much easier. Whether it’s a desk or a dining room table, creating a space for work within your living space allows you to keep the line between work and home. However, if you find yourself growing tired of the same location, switch it up! Do your morning work from the kitchen and your afternoon work from the living room, or vice versa.
One of the luxuries of working from home is you are able to continue doing household chores during the workday. Rather than getting distracted by the things that need to be done, try scheduling breaks throughout your day. Do some laundry, take a walk, do an at-home workout, or just stretch. When working from home it is easy to go the whole day without moving from one spot. It’s important to remember to take breaks both for your physical and mental being.
One downfall in working from home is the number of distractions there are. Family, phones, chores, TV, there are all sorts of things fighting for our attention. To have an effective workday it is important to limit these distractions as much as possible. Leave your phone in another room, wear noise-canceling headphones, communicate with your family about each of your expectations during this time, whatever it may be that allows you to best focus on your work.
It can be very easy to procrastinate when working from home. Setting goals is a great tool that allows you to stay on top of your work. Writing to-do lists can be extremely helpful. They don’t have to be long, maybe you write down the top three work things you want to accomplish that day, one household chore to do, and something you want to do as a reward for finishing the other things. Rewards can be simple things like reading a book or watching a movie or taking a walk with your family, whatever it may be that motivates you to get the work done that needs to be done.
Stick to a routine
Even though it sort of feels like our entire world has been flipped upsidedown, sticking to our daily routines is a vital part of our lives at this time. If you always have the same afternoon snack at work, have it at home. If you always have the same cup of coffee when you get to work, have it at home. This is also an opportunity to change things about your routine that maybe you weren’t so fond of. If you aren’t a huge fan of eating a big lunch in the middle of the day, snack throughout the day. If you prefer working out in the afternoon than in the morning or evening, workout in the afternoon. Take this time to find what routine fits you the best.
Separate work from home
This may seem tricky to do since you are in fact working from home, but it comes down to designating time so as to not blur the line between the two. It can be very easy to keep working until late into the night since you don’t have that 5 p.m. end time like you would typically have in an office. However, it is important to remember to “turn off” work and focus on your loved ones. We often feel guilty about relaxing, feeling the need to always be productive. But we’re not machines. God didn’t put us here just to work nonstop. Remember to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy this time with your loved ones.