Working from home feels wonderful! No bosses leaning over your shoulder to get some work done. No long hours of commuting to work. No stress of what formal clothes to wear. But all this flexibility and convenience comes with its challenges.
When working remotely, it can be tough to stay motivated and productive, especially with all the at-home interruptions like family, pets, courier guys, and neighbors. Plus, the lack of human interaction can affect a remote worker’s mental wellbeing, making them feel isolated and lonely.
Here are a few tips that can help you sidestep the common pitfalls of remote working.
If checking your office emails is the first thing you do after opening your eyes, it’s easy to get bogged down in work. Set up a morning routine before tackling the ‘urgent’ office work. Take a shower, meditate, get dressed, read the newspaper, and have a healthy breakfast. Monitor your caffeine intake.
Take good care of yourself to get your ready for a productive work-day and stay motivated.
Take Adequate Breaks
Have you ever grappled with an issue only to find a solution when you are up after a nap? That because while you were relaxing, your brain was working on the problem in the background. Humans need time to process information. When you take a break the brain is still processing the information subconsciously.
Taking breaks when working from home can help the mind and body relax. Scientific studies have shown that taking multiple microbreaks has a positive effect on the mind and body. It reboots the brain and improves the workers’ ability to concentrate, thus boosting productivity and reducing work stress.
Take a 10-minute break from the screen to stretch, admire the view from your window, or catch up with a family member or friend on phone.
When you are working from home, it’s convenient to grab a quick snack without giving a thought to its nutritive value. Not to mention, most home refrigerators are full of tempting treats and savories, causing you to consume more carbs and sugar than necessary. This triggers the production of insulin, a hormone that regulates the sugar levels in the body. The result – a sudden drop energy level in the body or sugar crash.
Sugar crash adversely affects one’s ability to concentrate, ultimately impacting the productivity. Make a conscious food choice to curb your cravings and offer your mind and body the necessary nourishment.
Sweat It Out
Being stuck at the desk all day can have serious mental and physical health implications. Make sure you exercise daily to stay fit and boost your productivity.
Working from home comes with the luxury of adapting your workout sessions as per your convenience. You don’t have to pack for the gym or worry about missing your off-peak slot at the gym. Determine a time slot that works best for you and stick your fitness routine.
Setting up a home gym is a great way to motivate yourself to work out and get ready for a productive work-day at home. Further, a home gym allows you to accommodate quick workout sessions throughout the day at your convenience. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends shorter and more frequent sessions of physical activity to stay active while working from home.
A home gym not only offers flexibility but also saves you time, membership fees, and money on gas. Wondering how to set up a home gym? Take a look at this infographic by Rubcorp. It carries important statistics and tips that will guide you when setting up your home gym.
Over the past few months, remote working or working from home has become more common than it used to be. Working from home is extremely rewarding, provided you know how to tackle the common issues associated with it. Use the tips shared above to enjoy working outside of your workplace and positively contribute to your firm’s objectives.