The year 2020 started on a very positive note. We were all excited to start fresh-travelling, exploring, made new resolutions. The will to achieve goals was on an all time high. But then, COVID-19 shook up the entire world leaving us quarantined. School and college students are attending online classes while a majority of the working population is working from home.
In such difficult situations, it becomes a necessity to look at the bright side of things. Working from home has its benefits, like avoiding your daily commute. But it also means it’s up to you to motivate yourself and get as much out of your time as you would in an office setting.
Rather than setting up camp at the kitchen table or on the sofa, designate space for yourself to concentrate on work. You won’t have to move your work supplies when you’re finished with them — plus we all know how easy it is for things to get lost or cleaned up never to be seen again.
Get your family on the same page.
When it’s work time, it’s work time. Make sure your family knows that just because you are home does not mean you’re available. As you’re setting up your work space, explain that this is your “office” and you need peace and quiet to do work.
Decorate your space.
Make your work space a place you want to spend your day. You don’t have to go all-out DIY or spend huge bucks on fancy furniture. But incorporating a couple things that make you happy into your work space helps. That could be everything from family photos to your favourite books.
Take a lunch break.
Take a lunch break. We’ve all been guilty of the sad desk lunch — staring at food absently while staring at a computer screen doing work. When your home is also your office, you have the luxury of, first-off, your own kitchen, but also ingredients to prepare yourself something fresh and take a real step away from a work environment.
Look away from your screen.
Unglue yourself. Even though work comes first, taking a little break helps to re-motivate oneself and rejuvenates the mind. Take short breaks; exercise, make time for your family and friends.
Though is difficult and abrupt to switch from a professional setting meant for work, to the place where we lay back and rest, it isn’t impossible. Following the above suggestions makes it much easier. This change gives us a unique opportunity to discover new ways of working and utilizing technology, which could have a positive impact long after we overcome the current crisis.
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