4 Tips for Mastering the Work-From-Home Lifestyle
Recently, many of us have endured a change in our routines, such that we are working from home all the time (...and no longer just the occasional Friday). There are some psychological ramifications of this, of which we should all be aware:
For one thing, we are all interacting less with our co-workers. While you might be happy about not seeing one or two of your coworkers...generally speaking we are starting to miss the social interactions.
Another impact is that it can be difficult to draw effective boundaries. Work-space and personal-space are inexorably blended when working from home (WFH) full time. This can make it difficult to disengage from work at the end of the day.
In fact, recent studies have shown that people who work from home work an extra 1.5 days per month when compared with those working in an office. Unsurprisingly, those studies also show that WFH employees also struggle more with work-life balance.
So, here are some tips to help you stay productive AND sane while working from home:
Create a Home Office: It doesn’t need to be fancy! The key is to confine your work space to a specific physical location within your home. This will boost your concentration and help you to compartmentalize your work life. That way, at the end of the day you can take a deep sigh of relief, walk away from your home office, and recharge.
Alternate between Sitting and Standing: This is important even if going into the office, but studies have consistently linked standing with positive health outcomes, including: lower risk of heart disease, reduced back pain, lower risk of weight gain and obesity, and an elevated mood and energy level.
Make a List: Making a list of your tasks each day is a great way to stay organized and trigger feelings of accomplishment and productivity. I’m a serial list maker, and I have to say it is pretty satisfying to check things off of my list throughout the day.
Take Breaks: This is one that I, honestly, have trouble with. Studies show that productivity actually increases if you take regularly scheduled breaks. I know personally that if I don’t stop for a 30 minute lunch or workout at some point during the day, I’m a wreck by the end of it. Take small breaks frequently and budget one longer break during the middle of the day. Your mental health will thank you for it!
Alright WFH-ers, I hope you took away something valuable from this email. Feel free to reply and let me know if you’ve come up with any other great WFH strategies!
And be on the lookout for our next post - we’re rolling out some products that will help you master the WFH Lifestyle!
Until next time…