There’s been a rapid increase in people working from home over the last two years. While some remote workers fell into their routines quickly, many of us are still trying to figure out how to work from home productively.
There are many adjustments that you can make to your routine to ease your remote working woes. Start adding a couple of these suggestions to your working routine to improve your wellbeing and work from home effectively.
Commute From Home
While most people dreaded commuting, it does provide a nice buffer between your personal and work life. If you’re rolling out of bed and hopping straight on your computer, it can feel like you’re not getting enough time for yourself.
Think about an activity that you enjoy doing that can help you get ready for the day. Your remote commute can be anything from taking a morning walk to setting aside some time to read.
This gives you an opportunity to decompress in the morning so that you’re ready to tackle your day without burning out.
Prioritize Being Social
If you’re working from home, you might feel like you’re missing out on the social aspects of working in an office. It’s hard to make up for that social interaction.
Take advantage of any non-work opportunities to hang out with your coworkers. If your company doesn’t already plan for these, reach out and see if your team would be interested in doing a virtual game night once a week.
Not only will you get to know your team better, but you’ll all benefit from scheduling time to take a break and have some fun.
Reach out to your friends and family as well. As more workers go remote, everyone is looking for opportunities to see each other offline.
While making time for social events is important, recognize when you need to say no and recharge. While keeping in touch with your family and friends is important, constant communication can be draining.
While many already felt sedentary at their office jobs, this problem has only gotten worse with remote work. Working from home means that you can’t just stop at the gym on your way home anymore.
Start small with your physical activity. Taking a quick walk on your lunch break or trying a Zoom yoga class every couple of days is good for your body and your mental health.
It’s easy to stay holed up inside, but getting out of the house will help you reduce your stress and make time for yourself throughout the week.
Create a Space That Works For You
It’s hard to stay productive if you don’t have the proper tools for your home working space. Maintaining a space where you can be productive means that you can spend less time catching up on work and more time with friends and family.
If you live with others, noise-canceling headphones can be a lifesaver. With noise-canceling headphones, you can tune out distracting noises and really focus on the task at hand.
Ergonomic desk equipment is a must for anyone who spends lots of time at their desk. Standing desks let you change their height so you can sit comfortably throughout the day and stand to stretch out your legs and back.
If you’ve splashed out on some fancy home tech to make your work-from-home routine easier, make sure your home insurance is up to date so that your new home office is covered.
It takes time to figure out which remote work routine works best for you. All the trial-and-error can feel discouraging, but there are so many different ways that you can tailor your routine to your needs.
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