So You Are Working From Home Now
If you are one of the millions of people around the world who is working from home, you may have mixed emotions about your work situation. On one hand, you may be overjoyed that you do not have to leave your home and go out into the scary COVID world. On the other hand, you may feel like you miss leaving your house and getting into the world. You may have had to do some serious deal-making in order to start working from home, but now you might be regretting that decision. Working from home can be enjoyable as long as you do it right. In this article, you will find some helpful tips that will help you to enjoy your time working from home.
#1 Make Your Office Space Sacred
It is easy to start to feel like you never leave work if you do not have a dedicated space that is only for work. This means that you only do work at your office. If you are able to have your own office room, that is the ideal situation. If you are not able to have your own room for your home office, make sure to section off a part of the house that is only for you to work. This means that no one can approach you during working hours. If you were working at the office, your family would not be able to come into your space, so make sure that they know that they can not come into your space unless you give them authorization. When you are at work, make sure that you stay on task. Pretend like you are in your office. When you treat your workspace like a place that is sacred for work, once you leave your work area, you will feel the same relief that you felt when you came home from the office.
#2 Dress Casual Comfy
People dream of wearing their pajamas to work when they are working at the office, but when you wear pajamas to your home office, the bedtime clothing can influence how you feel, and you may be less motivated to stay on task and more motivated to take a nap. In order to stay on task and still be comfortable, buy yourself some home office clothing. This can be clothing that is not pajamas, but it is comfortable enough for you to work in. In that way, you can wake up in the morning, put on your comfy work clothes, and stay dedicated at work.
#3 Schedule Playtime into Your Work Day
Are you working at home with all of your family around? If you do not stay on task, it can be distracting. At the same time, you want to take advantage of the time that you are able to spend with your family. In order to enjoy work and enjoy your family, schedule in family time. Even if it is just 15 minutes. Let your family know the time that you are going to come and hang out each day so that you all can hang out together. If you are going to be at home, you want to enjoy family time.
#4 Decorate Your Office Space
Regardless of where your office is in your home, you want to like the space that it is in since you are going to be spending so much time there. In order to do that, take time out and decorate. Just like you had at your external office, hang pictures, and put up your favorite colors. It does not have to be anything special, but it has to be decorated in a way that makes you feel happy to be at work.
#5 Have Cool Office Supplies
Since you are going to be working at home, live it up. Think about the office supplies that you always wanted to have like a standing desk or an under-desk treadmill. If you are working for a company, the company will probably reimburse you for your office purchases, and if you work for yourself, you will get a tax write off. You owe it to yourself to have the best office supplies available.
People are unique when it comes to their feelings about working from home. Whether you love it or hate it, it is going to be a while, so you might as well make the best of the situation. By following some of the five tips above you can make a success of your work-at-home experience.