Effective Yet Simple Tips for Working at Home

Effective Yet Simple Tips for Working at Home
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    With the world on lockdown and more people working from home, it's important to know some best practices.

    Working from home isn't the same as being at the office.


Anyone that has done it even once will tell you that’s true. Trying to manage your work within your home environment isn’t easy, especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. You can start to feel stuck in a loop, like you’re perpetually at work and the day never ends.

This pandemic won’t last forever, and we will all go back to the office at some point—hopefully soon. For now, this is the new normal, so make it easier on yourself by implementing some of these tips for working at home.

Define the Day

The workday will bleed into the rest of your day if you allow it to, so make sure that you set a start and end time for your workday. They should be the same hours that you worked when you were commuting to the office.

If you normally start work at 8 a.m. then that’s when you start at home. Let yourself sleep in a bit if that helps your stress levels.

Then, when the clock hits 5 p.m., shut down the laptop and stop taking calls. Let your coworkers know that your day is over. If there is a work-related emergency, go ahead and deal with it—don’t jeopardize your job—but make sure there are a beginning and an end to the workday.

Be Comfortable

Set up your home office or workspace, and make sure that it’s yours. Dedicate specific space in your home for work. You will be spending at least eight hours a day at this workstation, so make sure that it’s comfortable.

Get a soft chair or standup desk—whatever you need to be comfortable. Your health depends on your physical environment, so help yourself out and be comfortable.

Take Breaks

You wouldn’t sit at your desk in the office for eight consecutive hours, so don’t do it at home. You are allotted breaks during the day in the office, and the same is true for the home office.

Take the breaks to stand up and walk away from your workspace. Stretch your legs, read the news, or listen to a podcast. Whatever it is, do something that isn’t work-related for a few minutes. Your mind and body need the break to refocus and recharge. 

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Leave Home When You Can

Avoid going stir-crazy and getting cabin fever by leaving the house. In these times it is possible to never leave your home.

Grocery stores deliver food and supplies, bills allow online payments, and most people use direct deposit for paychecks, so it’s possible to stay inside the house for days at a time. Even during these times, that’s not a good practice.

Get out of the house from time to time, go for a walk, and get some fresh air. Feel some sunlight on your face, and stretch your legs—it’s good for your mind and body.

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