If you’re currently working from home, and you have been for a long time now, there’s a very good chance you’re getting sick of having to be so remote. You’re away from the office and your coworkers and there’s no one to talk to, or maybe you took up freelancing just this year and you’re still finding it hard to adjust.
Either way, remote work can be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be for long! After all, there’s a lot you can do to negate this loneliness, or the stagnating feeling in your head, and we’ve got some handy tips below to help with that.
Create a new routine
Working from home requires a very different routine to the one you followed when you had to commute. As such, you’re going to want to come up with a new routine for the foreseeable future. For example, if you’re used to waking up and immediately checking emails on your phone, try to avoid the habit and try to get your morning routine out of the way first. It’ll help to separate your home life from your work life, even if they exist in the same area.
Tidy up your workspace
Have you looked around your remote workspace recently? Whether you’re doing work in your bedroom, or you’re permanently parked on the sofa in the living room, there’s a good chance the area is a huge mess right now! There are food wrappers everywhere, dirty coffee mugs, and the blankets and cushions are rumpled and fallen onto the floor as well.
Which means now’s the time to tidy up! Take 5 right now to clear the rubbish out and set things straight, and you’ll notice that you’ll feel much better afterwards. You could also look into office cleaning services, if you have a separate room where you work that you want to keep as tidy as possible. But otherwise, try to have a quick tidy up either before you start or when you finish, and keep this sweep around to a maximum of 20 minutes.
Have some fun in your breaks
Working from home can get quite boring. There’s no one to talk to, there’s no break room to head to (unless you count your own kitchen as that!), and you’re stuck at home for 90% of your time. A lot of people struggle with finding things to do, and keeping up with friends and family in the outside world.
So why not try to have as much fun as you can, even when you’re on work time? Put on music, and make sure you take breaks that are fulfilling. Have some tasty snacks ready to go, put on a funny show or video, and even just head outside to sit in your garden or on the balcony. Fresh air feels great after hours inside!
If you’re working from home, focus on the positives it allows you, and beat back the blues with the tips above.