There are numerous reasons why working from home is far superior to commuting into the city every day, sitting in heavy traffic, or squeezing into a packed train and having to wear a full uniform in the blistering heat.
However, even though you are already fully aware of the benefits you will soon be experiencing, it can still be hard to adapt to working from home when you have spent many years in a traditional office setting.
With this in mind, continue reading to learn four tips to adapt to a working-from-home role.
1. You Cannot Sit Down All Day
Even if you have quite strict and unwavering working hours, say from nine o’clock in the morning till five in the afternoon, and need to spend the rest of your time on your computer, it is simply physically and mentally unhealthy to spend the whole day sitting down.
You could look into standing or leaning desks, or else perhaps more practically at least vary where you sit and do your work. For official video conference calls, for example, your traditional home office and desk set-up is probably best, but for document work, take your laptop outside.
2. See What Your Company Can Provide
Often, a company and its bosses will be more than willing to assist in the purchase or rental of equipment, computers, and computing accessories for workers who now work remotely but are understandably hesitant to offer this system.
If your professional job role involves spending a lot of time talking with clients, customers, and/or other members of the team using video conferencing software, then you need to impress upon your employers why fiber is better than 5G and request an upgrade.
3. Keep Your Private Life & Work Life Separate
Another incredibly useful tip when attempting to adjust to your new role working from home full-time, or at least part of the time, is to endeavor to start as you mean to go on and separate your working life from your home life.
Help your family members and anyone else who shares your house with you to understand that when you are working, you need to be working, and, as such, unwelcome interruptions will only make things harder for you.
4. Maintain a Strong Connection with Your Colleagues
It may well be the case that you already have strong working relationships and even close friendships with your co-workers, but now you are working from home, you need to readjust the conversations and extent of communication to suit.
On your official breaks, for example, you could schedule a weekly coffee and catch-up Skype call with another remote worker, whereby you can exchange any office gossip and generally feel connected and still very much part of the team.
Look into alternative video conferencing software which can create a more relaxed and informal space for you and your colleagues when working on group projects and make sure you are taking care of your emotional health and well-being above anyone else’s.