Suddenly Need to Work from Home? Six Tips and Sanity Savers
The most predictable thing about life is that, well…it’s unpredictable. You can be in a rhythm when, suddenly, you’re thrown a curveball. Of course, it’s not just you. We’re all temporarily pushed out of our routines at one time or another. Change comes. Case in point: the current global pandemic forcing many us to work from home. Add in your children distance learning from home and your partner or spouse also working from home and the transition can be very difficult.
You may not understand how huge transitioning to your home office (or kitchen table) can be. Try these tips to help ease the change and effectively transition to working from home.
Living The Remote Life
Believe it or not, you may like your workplace and co-workers more than you realize. There is a sense of community and collective effort in many job situations. When this familiar pace of interaction is altered without much advance planning, you can feel out of sorts.
Working from home has many perks but don’t underestimate the realities of losing that sense of belonging. For example, working from home can feel isolating if you don’t make an effort to daily or weekly check-in with coworkers, team members, and supervisors. This helps shape your work experience and schedule, fostering more of a context for your workday and helps maintain a separation between work and home.
Six Tips, Guidelines, & Sanity Savers for Those Suddenly Working From Home
1. Maintain Structure, Structure, Structure
This is the foundation. Set your alarm. Once you’re up and running, follow-through on your normal morning rituals. Eating, exercise, shave and shower, grab a coffee. When you’ve done what you always do, start working. The structure will guide you.
2. Video Chat Whenever Possible
As you adjust to being away from co-workers, use video chat whenever possible. Texts, email, and a variety of online work platforms are helpful and necessary. But to feel adequately engaged and enthused, it’s important to sometimes see the person you’re talking with.
3. Stay Active
You expend more energy and burn more calories than you’d think during your normal workdays. At home, it’s easy to grow increasingly inactive. Do get up, stretch, move around your home. If possible, do some exercise. Take several breaks and a lunch period to maintain good circulation and health.
4. Don’t Work Longer Hours Than Necessary
Boundaries are crucial. Without a commute or an office, work hours tend to blur. Do not let this happen routinely. Except when required by your job responsibilities, stick to only your specified work hours.
5. Set Up a Personalized Work Space
You may have a cubicle or some kind of special workplace at your job. How do you decorate it? What makes you feel most productive? From photos to plants to aromatherapy and beyond — turn your home workspace into a dedicated and personalized spot for you.
6. Revel in the Joy of Multi-Tasking (Within Reason)
Toss in a load of wash while you work. It’s okay. If you have children home with you, be sure to schedule in time periods to interact with them. Refer to tip #3 and get active during your break! This is where the whole work-from-home thing really pays off. When your workday is done, you may have already done chores and worked out. That means more free time for you in the evening!
Just be sure to pace yourself and be realistic. Strike a balance between the things you can do well simultaneously and the boundaries you must set to do your job well. Give yourself time to figure this out. It’s okay to talk this through with your boss, partner, and children over time. Learning to manage time, delegate, and let some things go is part of the work-at-home journey.
You Can Get Help From Home, Too
A dramatic change in our life’s routines can be more jolting than you ever imagined. On top of that, the cause of such change can be even more stress-inducing. This makes for a tricky blend of factors to manage.
However, just as you can work from home, you can also get some much-needed help at home. Our Houston therapists offer virtual sessions that are secure and easy to access. Whether it’s by phone or video therapy online, you can attain the guidance you need to make new adjustments.
This process has a dual benefit. Of course, it can be very healing and offer you some important insights and perspectives. In addition, working on your mental health from home contributes to your resilience and comfort in this brave new world of digital communication. Reach out today to learn more about our services and experienced therapists, we’re here to help.
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