Ah, 2020. The year sports was cancelled. Oh and the year the Coronavirus hit our world, of course. And suddenly we all found ourselves having to make major adjustments in a very short amount of time. One of the said adjustments has been working from home. Suddenly we found ourselves scrambling for office space amidst crayons, scheduling meetings around bath time, and altogether just trying our best not to totally lose it.
While the benefits of making your home your office speak for themselves, (no fishy smell in the microwave for one) there are certainly a number of factors that make this new normal less than ideal. But the good news is that there are plenty of tips and tricks you can incorporate to make this way of living, and working, well… workable.
Get out of your pyjamas.
Ideally, this getting out of pyjamas would be followed by a shower. But, baby steps. Just wear something other than the clothes you slept in. And do it 3 times a week to start. It’ll make you feel more confident and more professional. Tick.
Get off social media.
Unless it’s BIBO’s of course. But for reals, we all know how social media is a total and utter time suck. You’ll look up and suddenly it’s night time. So don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap, and reward yourself when you don’t. Ice-cream is nice.
Prize one is getting your at-home office as close to looking like your real office as possible. Prize two is it not being your bed. Store all your supplies and work paraphernalia here and close the door when you’re done for the day.
Brush up on your communication skills.
You no longer have the visual cues and easy communication you now know you took for granted. So make sure your communications skills are what they need to be when interacting with people who can’t see you or hear you. Hint: “U” is not a replacement for “you”.
Once you’ve incorporated some of these easy tips into your new lifestyle, you may even find that working from home could be…fun? More productive? More creative? More freeing? And perhaps even something you’d like to explore further when Coronavirus leaves us (if you’re reading this Corona, you can go now, thanks). But either way, try to make the best of the situation and enjoy the time you have at home.
After all, when you do go back – the fridge won’t be as close to your office desk.