More and more jobs are becoming remote or hybrid. Working from home has some amazing benefits, but can be a difficult transition. Here are 5 tips to make working from home a little easier.
Have a Morning Routine
When you work from home, it is crucial that you set yourself up for success the moment your alarm goes off. While it can be tempting to roll out of bed at the last minute and work in your pajamas, you owe it to yourself to start your day in a positive way. Pick a morning routine that works best for you and your needs. This may include starting your day with something active such as going to the gym or going for a walk, or perhaps something more relaxing such as reading a book or enjoying a cup of coffee. Doing something that you love each morning will give your brain time to wake up and allow for a brighter start to your day!
Have a Designated Workspace
If you are going to be working from home, having an office space is important. Having an actual office or separate room is ideal, that way you have enough space for your work materials and you can also set apart your workplace from the rest of your home. If you’re unable to have a separate room, you should try to find space for a desk or designated seating area where you can work from. You can also feel free to work elsewhere when approved by your company. When working from home, it can be nice to switch up your setting and work from a different spot in your house or go to a cafe or library for the afternoon.
This includes performance, dress, and attitude. Working from home does not mean that you can slack off; you still need to be putting in your full effort. Try to eliminate any distractions in your home that may cause you to be off task (having a designated workspace will help with this!) Also, while you may want to dress more casually when working from home, if you are jumping into meetings make sure you are dressed appropriately and are presenting yourself well. Your background should be professional and free from distractions. Many online platforms have options for a virtual backdrop, which is also a great alternative!
Working from home can get lonely since you’re not interacting with your colleagues daily as you would be in an office setting. As opposed to emailing or messaging, feel free to pick up the phone every once in a while to talk with your coworkers (of course, being respectful of their time and responsibilities.) Set up virtual meetings when you can to get face-to-face interaction, and don’t shy away from some friendly small talk before getting down to business! Managers, you can also set up a virtual chat with your team that’s exclusively for fun, where colleagues can share exciting moments from their lives outside of work to stay connected with one another.
Learn How to Unplug
When working from home, it can be harder to disassociate from work. This is why having an office can be useful, as even though you are working remotely it allows you to walk away from your workspace. It's also important that you maintain your boundaries when working virtually. Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you should be working late into the night. Try to stick to a set schedule, and log off and on when appropriate.