Working from home, or WFH, can feel like bliss, or the abyss: You are free... but also sometimes lonely, and frequently unshowered, and wearing pajamas until 3 p.m. We picked up a few best practices along the way. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of it:
1. Exercise during your would-be commute.
Working from home is a gravitational pull toward sloth-like behavior, but getting a sweat in, even if briefly, starts the day on a more energetic note. Seize the time in the morning that you’d normally spend getting to the office and do a home workout class!
2. Exile any family members if possible.
Your partner and kids may live in the same house, but this home has also your office and you need them to vacate it at a reasonable time so you can get going. Discuss the hours you’ll need space and privacy. Locked doors are sometimes necessary.
3. Shower and change your clothes.
This may seem only obvious and hygienic, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to convince oneself that it’s better to just jump right into work first thing, than to take even a short amount of time to bathe. Note: We are not suggesting that putting on a “real outfit” or “jeans” is a must, but even a swap from last night’s PJ’s to athleisure goes a long way to making you feel like a functioning adult.
4. Make fellow WFH friends.
The loneliness of working from home is perhaps the hardest part( if you are living on your own).
Make time for Whatsup or Skype chats with fellow WFH colleagues, family and friends.
5. Log out of Twitter or your preferred social media.
There’s nothing and no one stopping you from near-constant social media scanning while WFH, but signing out has a chastening effect: Instead of clicking right in to an endless stream of content, you’re greeted with a log-in screen, and reminded that you’re supposed to be doing work.
6. Don’t become Cinderella.
Spending all day at home, you suddenly realize just how many chores and projects await: dishwashers needing unloading, messy drawers demanding organizing, kids’ toys strewn about. Do a quick straightening-up in the morning so you are not working amidst a mess, but try not to let too much housework seep into work.
7. Set boundaries.
You may find that other people who work in conventional job settings have a tendency to believe that “working from home” means “not working at all,” and will call or text you at random with questions/concerns/rants, etc. A polite “I’ll be working until 5 and can chat later!” or “Call you back on my lunch break” usually works.
8. Beware idle snacking.
Overeating a constant stream of fun size Easter candy,eggs and all sorts of „soulfood“ snakes like cupcakes,muffins and homebakes( we admit to be endangered ourselves) is a longtime occupational hazard of from working from home. By all means, we endorse eating and snacking, but not for eight hours straight. Stocking healthy snacks—chopped veggies and tzatziki, apples and peanut butter!
9. Make yourself a decadent lunch.
The work-from-home vortex can mean coming to at 2 p.m. and realizing you never ate lunch, only to grab a granola bar or a container of leftovers and call it a day. But on occasion, we believe to use a WFH lunch break—do take a lunch break, for both sustenance and sanity—cooking has a calming and meditative effect.
10. Enjoy & be positive about the situation
Enjoy the mid-day freedom of having no in-person meetings or bosses lurking around the corner, take a power nap and attend your work load with a fresh mind!
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