It turns out that working from home isn’t all fun and games, after all. Check out how to deal with some of the most annoying challenges of working remotely.
At this point in time, many of us have gotten over the novelty of working from home. Sure, it’s great to roll out of bed and have no commute to deal with, but it’s hardly all sunshine and roses.
Working from home presents a lot of new issues to deal with as we try to balance our work and home lives.
As you might know, I’m the author of the bestselling book Happy Habits. Inside my book I share a range of habits which boost happiness.
In my research, I learned that being organized, mindful of your choices and creating a home which feels like a sanctuary are three big predictors of greater happiness. With this in mind, here are some ways to make sure working from home taps into these 3 happiness predictors.
Let’s take a look at how to overcome some of the biggest challenges of working from home.
Time can seem to blur together when you’re working and living in the same place for a long time. In order to make sure you get everything that needs doing done, you’ll want to schedule out your day just as you would if you were at an office. Take some time at the beginning of the day to map out how your day will go hour by hour. There are even computer apps that will help keep you on track throughout the day, such as Trello and Evernote.
Both in the physical and mental sense, working from home is tiring. You need to make sure you take care of your personal needs as you work. Schedule times to take breaks and take some time to wind down at the end of the day before you move onto whatever annoying house chores you still need to do. Remember not to neglect regular exercise or protecting your eyes; you’ll need both after those long days of constantly sitting and staring at screens.
One of the biggest challenges to overcome when working from home is switching between work and leisure mindsets. Work tends to follow you around after you’ve clocked out for the day, and things at home might break your concentration away from work. The solution here is to set clear boundaries, both for the people you live with and the people you work with. Let everyone know when you no longer can be bothered in one way or another so you can truly focus on one thing at a time.
Many of our workplaces are social and collaborative spaces, yet it’s hard to feel sociable when you’re spending your time alone in a room at home. Feelings of isolation are natural in this scenario, but you’ll need to take some initiative to break away from them. Do a virtual happy hour with coworkers, call your old friends that you haven’t spoken to in a while, and engage more with your housemates. This can be a lot to think about doing after work is done, but it’s better than feeling like you’re alone all the time.