Working from home
While working from home may seem ideal, it comes with many difficulties. Whether you have been working from home for years or the recent Covid-19 pandemic has changed your work environment, it is important to create some barriers between your work life and personal life. Additionally, isolation can have negative impacts on your health, so it is imperative to find the right balance in working from home.
It is important to stay focused on work during your work hours and not revert to home and relaxation mode. Below are some tips on how to maintain proper work etiquette while also taking care of your mental health.
Get dressed for work
The worst thing you can do is work in pajamas. Go through your regular morning routine: get up, get dressed, wash your face and brush your teeth, make some coffee and have breakfast. You do not necessarily have to dress as formally, but change out of your clothes from the night before.
Going through your routine will help keep you motivated and shift your mindset from home to work mode. Once work is over you can change your clothes to get out of work mode and switch into home mode.
Separate your work life and your home life
It is important to find a space where you strictly work and do not spend leisure time. Make sure this place has little distractions and is not in a place where you can get easily disturbed or interrupted. Going to this designated work space will help you settle into work mode for the day. It is important that you do not switch to doing work in the comfort of your own bed. It is important to distinguish your work space from your home space.
Maintain a clearly defined working schedule
It is important to create work hours and home hours - do not do work during your home hours and vice versa. If the sudden shift from workspace to work from home is due to the Coronavirus, it is beneficial to stick to your regular work hours. Consistency in your work schedule is the most important factor and will likely keep your motivation up.
It is imperative to have designated breaks. If you are working from home because of the lockdown, stick to your regularly scheduled work breaks. It is important to take these designated breaks, but do not take too long that you will not be able to return to work.
Remember to socialize
Working from home can feel very lonely, which is why daily social interaction is very important. It does not have to be hours of interaction - a text or quick call will suffice. It is also important to socialize with coworkers throughout the day about work and non work related topics. Your mental health can and will suffer without some form of social interaction.
The benefits of working from home
Working from home has many advantages. You may be working in a more comfortable environment and you do not have to worry about commuting which will also help save money. Working from home also offers more flexibility and can allow you to decide what hours of the day you would like to work. Working from home will also offer limited to no office distractions and allows you to establish the type of work environment you would like to work in.
What type of remote jobs are available ?
Remote work has been around for years and will continue to expand in the coming years. Thanks to the internet revolution, many working from home positions are possible - especially ones within the IT realm. Some work from home jobs include:
- Computer support specialist
- Web developer
- UX designer
- Virtual assistant
- Content writer
- Customer service representative
- Social media specialist