'survive' working from home
Boundaries while working from home
Today, more and more people are getting the opportunity to work from home, which is great. Sometimes, like what's happening right now with the coronavirus, certain circumstances may force people to work from home.
While working from home does come with a lot of perks - working in your pajamas -people have no real commute. It also has some real negative effects, while there's less structure, you may work too much, focus too hard, and even get burned out. Of course, the total opposite could also be true for you. It might be hard to focus and get as much done as you would’ve liked to. The key to overcoming both of these challenges is to set boundaries around your available time and space.
The first boundary you need to set is, giving yourself a dedicated workspace away from distraction. Thus meaning, away from the TV, music, kids and/or the kitchen. One greatly beneficial thing is, to be able to shut the door so that you won't be distracted by family or roommates.
The second boundary you need to set is, making a tight schedule and stick to it. It may sound silly, but you want to pretend that you're not working from home. So, get up at the time you normally would, pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit down behind your desk. It's good practice to play out for yourself, what's acceptable and not acceptable to do during office hours. So, for example, when you're at work, you're not going to play with your dog or cat or listen to music for hours. Therefore, don't do this while you're at home and need to focus on your work. Besides, you're need to want to quit at quitting time. Even if you're in the middle of a project, putting it on rest will help you get jump-started the next day.
The third and most important boundary is, setting up personal boundaries. The people or animals in your life are going to see you at home and think you're taking the day off. Of course, that's not the case. You're need to explain them, unapologetically, that you're working from home. The more they see you around the house doing your thing, the more they're going to begin to understand that this is your time to focus.
So, at the end of the day, you might feel like you just didn't get enough done. That's why the last important is, to celebrate and share your wins. Maybe write them down and go over everything you did that day. These daily reminders are good because they can create a virtuous cycle.
The next time you work from home, you might feel a little bit more focused or even more satisfied about the day when it's over. Hope these tips help, stay safe!