How to Beat The “Work-From-Home-Blues” And Still Be Productive…
The lockdown continues. And now working from home has changed from being a novelty that we could do for a little while… to now being something we may actually have to take more seriously.
Back when the government announced that we would have to work from home, at first, most people loved the idea. And the reason they loved it because it was new, exciting… and they didn’t need to go to work.
But what most people totally missed was that they still had to do work… at home.
And the biggest problem was, most people’s homes and lives were not set up for a work-from-home arrangement.
So, it may (or may not, especially now) come as a surprise to know that there are actually way more distractions at home.
And one of the worst distractions people underestimate is being comfortable.
Let’s face it. Work is set up for work. We sit at desks and in chairs that aren’t exactly built for comfort. Technology is geared towards getting the job done… not entertainment. Even the clothes we wear are made for business, not comfort. Everyone watches what you do.
But when we’re working at home, no one’s watching. So, it’s too easy to sit on the lounge with the computer and wear whatever is comfortable (and even stay in pyjamas). And if you do have to do a Zoom call… all you need to do is dress the top half.
Now, in the short term, that may be ok… but in the long term, that kind of “routine” can have a negative effect on you and your performance.
And it can lead to what I call the “work-at-home-blues.”
To help you beat the work-from-home-blues you may find yourself in, here are 3 of my top tips:
Have a dedicated workspace. Your home workspace needs to stay constant and is where you specifically go to work. And the lounge isn’t it.
Use technology to stay connected. But don’t use it to get distracted. Turn off attention-stealing apps so you can get your work done. If you can’t use social media at work… the same rule applies to the home workplace.
Take clear breaks. It’s too easy to take breaks whenever you feel like it. But try to stick to a regular work routine. And that goes for eating too. Don’t get caught in the trap of grazing your way through the day.
There’s something else that can lead to the work-at-home-blues… and that’s realising that you actually prefer to work from home. And that can be a tough pill to swallow. Because eventually, you will have to give up your time freedoms and go back and work in the employer’s workplace.
Or do you?
There are plenty of opportunities to work from home. And even better still… to be your own boss.
If this lockdown has shown us anything, it’s that the best way to guarantee job security is by having your own business. But not just any business… as we’ve seen, some businesses have suffered horribly. I’m talking about a business that can endure and survive the type of lockdowns like the one we’re experiencing right now.
There’s one business I know of that’s doing exactly that.