Working at home can at times be stressful, even under the very best of conditions. Because of COVID-19, a lot of us are discovering our new ordinary WFH. Below are a few of our
Eight years ago, after building a successful freelancing side gig, I made the decision to switch gears professionally: I would pursue freelance writing full time while working remotely. As I left my desk job for the last time, I remember looking back at my office and wondering if I’d miss the camaraderie (and crappy coffee) of the office break room, the hustle and bustle of an office, and coworkers who remembered to bring me a cake on my birthday.
The short answer: yes, even eight years later, I still miss the cadence of the days when I worked in a brick and mortar office. And, after all my shih tzu officemate is terrible at remembering birthdays, I definitely eat less cake in my home office.
Over the last eight years, the transition to working from home has been an evolution and a constantly flexible situation. As my family has grown, my office hours have changed and the rhythm of my days, while satisfying, have been, at times, difficult to manage. Learning to dedicate time and visual space to your job while working remotely takes time, effort and patience.
And if you are like many Americans right now, suddenly finding yourself managing deadlines from the kitchen table with kids, partners, and furry friends underfoot can be more than stressful. Thankfully, when I posed the question, "What will be your very best work at home suggestions? " to our Intexchange private Facebook group members, they offered up some excellent advice. Here’s what they said:
Timing is everything. Literally.
Without the rhythm of a 9-5 office job to keep your day moving, using a phone timer can help you stay focused on track while working remotely. One of the biggest challenges I found when transitioning to working from home was time management. It’s very easy to jump down the rabbit hole of a big project while ignoring the clock. There were days when I’d look at the clock and realize not only had I forgotten to eat lunch but I’d also ignored self care by not taking coffee and bathroom breaks.
Theresa R. tells fellow Intexchange group members, "If you generally have a 15 minute coffee break at the workplace, choose one in your home. There’s no requirement to be connected to a notebook each and every second of this day. " Not only is taking breaks during your remote work day necessary for success, dedicating time for a lunch hour is imperative, too. Kathleen C stresses,"I stroll into the local playground from 1pm-2pm using announced my lunch hour. Finding some sun in the center of the day assists me in several ways. "
Dress the part (even if your coworkers are furry friends).
Sure, we’ve all seen the memes and jokes about not wearing a bra while working from the couch, but the truth is dressing the professional part goes a long way toward helping make you feel your best professional self. While no one is saying you have to wear a power suit to make the commute to your home workspace, showering and leaving your pajamas only for actual sleeping will keep you in the productivity mindset. Intexchange group member Kelli CB says, "Feel free to dress " and she suggests looking at your preferred at-home wardrobe as your "uniform. "
Schedules Matter. Yes, really.
Intexchange’s Editor-In-Chief Kathryn Tuggle says planning is everything when it comes to profitably working remotely. "I pick early in my life exactly the moment I’ll get breakfast, dinner, lunch, and lunch. I typically plan lunch about any convention calls I would have, but I remain flexible. " Tuggle says that planning mealtimes is the best way for her to accomplish two important things: 1) building set breaks in her day that she can plan around and 2) sticking to her diet, and not over-eating or snacking all day.
Shelby M says she plans her days even more tightly than when she works in the office, with a strict wake up time, workouts, breaks, lunch, etc. "It’s quite simple to keep working and recognize it’s late daily. If I want to do something meaningful, I’ll do it before all else thing although some are settling to the afternoon and earlier messages and emails come flying . "
Theresa R has advice for managers and bosses who are navigating managing employees remotely. "If you’ve got employees, don’t expect them to be on every second. They’re still allowed to step away for coffee or catch up with colleagues just like they would in the office. "
Carve your office area (even though it’s from the cellar ).
I’m not going to lie: I really like my house office area, however it wasn’t always that way. When I before all else started working from home, I cobbled together a few mismatched pieces of furniture from our basement to conceive a space that was just mine. And that worked well for a time, but, eventually, I realized that if I was going to work creatively full-time from home, I needed a space that reflected my style and professional goals. These days, when I walk into my home office, I feel centered and ready to tackle the challenges of the day.
Susan G agrees. She counts "A significant desk, a glowing light, and a doorway " as key, and Erin K says, "Have a designated work place for work just, if you’re able to. It’ll feel good to shut the notebook and walk off. " Amen, Erin.
If you didn’t do laundry in the workplace, don’t do it while working remotely.
A few years into working from home, I found myself struggling with the demands of juggling housework with my job deadlines. Simply put: it was hard to ignore the pile of laundry and dishes in the sink that were staring at me. But, as my therapist reminded me, when I worked in a brick and mortar office, that laundry stayed put until I had time to do it in the evenings or on the weekends. The equal rules apply when you are working from home.
"Don’t expect to be able to multitask with household chores," states Intexchange team member Lynn M. "It’s easy to obtain distracted and feel stressed out when you look up and see a laundry basket that needs to be put away or a counter that needs to be cleaned off, but if you were in the office you wouldn’t be in a position to do so, therefore don’t add pressure to your day by trying to do it all. "
Your professional life is more stressful, whether or not you’re in a workplace or working out of the dining table. Plus, you have to have the ability to blow off steam along with your colleagues. Intexchange’s Chief of Growth Katie Doyle works liberally and she’s a point of finding ways to connect with her colleagues face-to-face. "Connect with your coworkers like you would if you were in the office. Rather than slacking for every conversation, try video chat. Using Zoom (with the beauty filter), we obtain to see each other, have water-cooler chats and stay connected while social distancing. "
Pro suggestion: Please do so immediately in the event that you’re working at home and with the video conferencing service Zoom: Go into the lower-left-hand corner of this display, locate Video Settings, and check the box indicated "Touch Up My Appearance. " You’re welcome.
If you’ve suddenly found yourself running at home, be patient. It requires some time to obtain accustomed to some other pattern, and it’s ok if you discover yourself longing to the "old" pro life. Finding new ways to link could be exciting and enjoyable. Kilty S claims, "To keep our (12) office admins connected and engaged, I send out a fun question of the day each morning: Day 1 was "Show off your distant workspace" Other days will include questions about your favorite book/movie/meal etc, pet pictures, favorite app, and what’s your superpower. " I’m fairly certain most of us wish to operate at Kilty’s workplace today.
And for my Intexchange colleagues, I hope you’ll discover a means to deliver cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery for my home office in my birthday. Psychotherapy is optional.
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