Across the world, many workers are faced with the new reality of having to work from home full-time to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While telecommuting and work-from-home policies are certainly not new, this format is completely foreign to many people in the workforce. Here at BloomSocial, our team is completely remote. Whether we’re taking meetings, planning advertising strategy, or working with our clients, our work is done in coffee shops, client offices, or at home. I (Christian), worked from home full-time for nearly 4 years before returning to an office job, but am now back in the work-from-home world after the latest events. Some people may love the flexibility of working from home, while others may dread the seemingly unavoidable imbalance in the work-life relationship. No matter your situation, here are 5 tips to help your adjustment from office to home.
One of the hardest things to maintain when working from home is your typical morning routine. Just because the location of your job changed doesn’t mean that your routine should. Continue to get up at the same time, shower, eat breakfast, and get ready like you normally would. By mentally preparing for the day the same way, you are likely to treat your job with the same amount of importance. Replacing the morning commute with meaningful work time is the first benefit people realize while working remote.
Sleep doctors recommend making your bedroom into an area meant for sleep, not technology or entertainment. This principle translates effortlessly into a telecommuting strategy. Scoping out a work space where you work every day will drastically help to separate the parts of your home that are meant for work and rest. Additionally, I don’t recommend setting up in front of the TV or next to your personal computer because the temptation for distraction can become too enticing.
You may already do this if you’re a contractor/freelancer, or it may already be part of your existing work responsibilities. Go above and beyond your normal communication methods to ensure to your boss or manager that your productivity is not taking a hit while working from home. Send a list of daily and weekly tasks that are on your agenda, including any daily changes to your schedule. The first thing to suffer in a remote work environment is communication, but it doesn’t have to. As a general work principle, there’s no such thing as over communicating, especially when working from home.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but remote employees are constantly complaining about how hard it is to shift from work mode to relax mode. In many worker’s schedules, commuting helps to initiate that change. Without that commute, the mental shift becomes more difficult. Make a concerted effort to separate yourself from work to keep that spillover from occurring. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but over time, your ability to rest and recharge from work will suffer.
This does not give you full license to pound cold ones while on the job. The most important objective in working from home is to ensure to your employer that productivity does not decrease. However, enjoy things like listening to your music a little louder, eating a better lunch than something you could microwave at the office, and wearing comfortable clothes. Your pets will certainly love the extra attention too.
Do you have any other tips you recommend for remote working? Do you find these helpful? Be sure to let us know in the comments or reach out to us on our social media outlets at BloomSocial Marketing.