5 Work from home truths

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Working from home is flexible and easier is what people say. But for some, working away from the gaze of a superior can lead to them being less productive. And work must not have that connotation, regardless of where it is carried out. Therefore, while working, a certain role is being exercised, which means that attention and concentration must be paid to the task carried out, which in turn requires certain conditions. But it is not that easy to achieve said conditions and here is the reason why, these are 5 things nobody tells you about working from home.

You need to use work clothes, otherwise your brain will eventually collapse.

For some people, the ability to stay in pajamas all day is the most tempting aspect of working from home. But bathing and dressing will not only improve your state of mind, it will prepare you psychologically to start work. Some find formal dressing helpful and appropriate if they need to make video calls. For others, dressing for the workplace is just to change the clothes they associate with sleep and rest, even if that means just putting on a clean T-shirt or jeans. In the same way, changing your work clothes when you have finished working hours – even if you are at home – helps your brain understand the day is over.

When you work from home you need to impose some limits or you will not survive.

The only way to survive working long-term from home is to create clear boundaries between your work and your personal life. Because they are even more important when working from home. Start with a routine similar to the one you’d have if left home for work. Just because you don’t go to the office doesn’t mean it’s time to give up your morning ritual. The same goes for lunch and going out. You are likely to spend more time sitting when you work from home. Don’t eat at your desk! You need that noon break from work to come back fresh to put in a full afternoon of work. And when the job is done, it’s over. When the time comes, shut down your computer and walk away.  Go to the gym, eat, watch tv, stop working when your workday ends. Also, communicate to your family that you are working, that you must adhere to the schedule and that they should respect your time. Set limits to succeed.

The limits are not just psychological. They are also physical.

Whatever you do: don’t let work seep into every part of your home space! By limiting work to your own ‘house at home’, you will be less tempted to play video games or watch Netflix, and will be able to focus on work when it’s time to get to work. And it will make it easier to enjoy the rest of your home, because all the rest of your space is not “work.” It’s your home. Designate a space at home to be the office and limit work to that space. Make it a dedicated work space that you enter at the beginning of the day and leave at lunchtime and dismissal time.

Because your work is at home, you will be tempted not to take breaks.

It’s nice to have a routine when you work from home, but work shouldn’t get monotonous. You shouldn’t stay glued to the computer screen all day. When working at home, it is important to take regular physical breaks from work. Set the timer on your phone or smartwatch to remind you to get up, stretch, or take a short walk. Ideally for 15 minutes mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Desk work really affects your neck, back, shoulders, and hip flexor muscles, especially if you haven’t set up an ergonomic workspace at home. Stretches can help.

You will be tempted to eat all day because your Home Office is now very close to your kitchen.

We’re all under a lot of stress right now, so it’s understandable to have comfort food cravings. Try to keep healthy snacks like carrots and celery sticks, fresh fruit, and microwave popcorn on hand so that you eat them when you feel the need. With less physical activity and close to the kitchen, it will be easy to eat junk food all day, gain weight and feel bad. A little foresight and discipline can help you avoid that temptation.

As you transition to working from home, it is important to recognize that you are still at work even though you are physically at home. That means taking your routine, exercise, nutrition, and equipment needs seriously so that you can work at home and not just heat up the couch. But a little planning and a few adjustments can ease the transition.

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