Work from home: a few tips for staying happy and productive

Hi Multies!

Working from home during the pandemic became an unexpected reality for millions of people, which means lots of us are dealing with an unusual challenge: working from home for the first time, full-time.

Remote work is a new reality and one that takes some getting used to.

How can you stay productive, healthy, inspired, and live up to all of the expectations that you’ve set for yourself within this new lifestyle?

These tips will help you make sure that you’re successful, both at getting your work done and at maintaining your mental well-being:


1- Create a healthy home routine

While working from home, it’s tempting to wear pajamas all day and snack poorly.

It can be fun at first, but eventually, you get an icky feeling. It’s good to put yourself in a different mindset as if you’re going to work.

You don’t need to dress as formally as you might for work, but the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to wake up and get things done.


2- Designate a Workspace

One of the big challenges when it comes to working remotely is keeping your work and home lives separate.

Being comfortable is crucial, as it is separating work and personal life. However, it’s hard to separate completely if you live in a small space that is also shared with other family members.

It can be a little corner of your apartment. Negotiate that space as “work only”.

Try to not work on your couch, for instance. Instead, work at a separate desk of some kind. This will reduce stress and will create the right boundaries.


3- Make a schedule and keep clearly defined working hours

Remote work requires a schedule as much as a typical office job, but here you’re the only one holding yourself accountable.

When creating your schedule, consider the other commitments in your life and find a routine that lets you take care of those as well.

A shared calendar is a good way to make your schedule visible to your coworkers, in order for them to know when you’re free to meet and when you’ve blocked out work and personal times. Also, make sure friends and family understand your schedule and respect it. 


4- Communicate

Working from home might seem like a solitary experience, but it actually still involves interacting with other people.

Email can be effective for sharing information or making decisions, but if you need to ask a quick question or send a fast update to your team, chat apps like Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, or Slack are a good alternative to it.

Brainstorming or detailed discussions usually require a meeting, so you might consider a video call for these moments. Videoconferencing is also a great way of having regular check-ins with your team.


5- Don’t forget to socialize

If at the office you usually ask your coworkers about their weekends, try to keep that up. If you’d usually comment to them about a specific topic, reach out. These little interactions matter, and they make a difference!

Many of us are feeling anxious and uncertain right now, and suddenly being isolated at home can amplify these feelings. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a coworker just to ask how they’re doing.

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