The Great Migration: Working from home
Year 2020. Has set a lot of challenges for the world from it’s very start and to describe it as a hard one is simply an understatement. All the earthquakes and wildfires that started this year’s terrible run seem just like a lukewarm prequel to a REALLY unfortunate series of events.
Yes, this is another article regarding Covid 19. Yes, we are all sick of it (pun intended), but I don’t want to bore you with coronavirus facts, symptoms, and statistics. I want to talk about it’s consequences regarding your professional life and the great migration it caused.
Great migration called “working from home”.
Here are some tips on how to stay sane and not spend all of your time working while working from home.
Try to set up a workstation somewhere in your house. Use this space only for work and try not to spend any time there outside your work hours. This place doesn’t have to be a separate room, it can be a corner, wherever you find enough space to fit in your work equipment. Decorate it to your heart’s desire, because that’s the perk of a home office, nobody is going to be bothered by the excessive amount of glitter on your desk.
Time management can be tricky. Have you found yourself slipping into some bad habits that result in you working longer hours without any actual need to? Maybe just one or two too many youtube videos while you’re supposed to be working? Well, it happens to the best of us. Time is practically in your hands now, there’s no traffic jam that you got stuck in on your way to work, that thought alone should be a stress relief. Make an effort to concentrate and don’t think about the dirty dish in the sink. Write down your daily tasks and check them as you finish. Give yourself a few minutes break every time you complete a task. Stretch, sitting can do a lot of damage to your spine and stretching can benefit your back and your concentration. Plan your day outside your working hours, whether it’s grocery shopping, a coffee run with a friend or that new show you heard about. Having something to look forward to after work can be very beneficial to your productivity and mental health. Finding a new hobby is always an option.
Stay in touch with your coworkers. Social distancing does not have to influence your team work or your social skills. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it, we can always learn something from each other.
Separate your work life from your family/ personal life. Do not let them intertwine, this may be tricky for all the parents working from home, but this is very important. Try to handle all the personal things as if you were working from the office, after work hours. I know this may seem impossible to people with little kids running around, but try to make a plan of activities with your partner and your children.
Don’t let the situation outside influence your professional or personal life too much. Try to distinguish relevant from irrelevant information and don’t let redundant news reports get to you. It will affect your work, personal life and mental health. Stay in touch with friends and family, in this day and age possibilities are endless. Work out a routine that suits you and stick to it.
And the most important part of all : Stay healthy and safe!