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Thoughts on working from home

Thoughts on working from home

The recent Covid-19 outbreak has shifted traditional working models, forcing companies to embrace remote working. Working from home is no longer just an option; rather it represents the new reality of millions of people from all around who stay at home to protect themselves and others against the spread of the disease. However, as appealing as it may sound to work from the comfort of your home, it may very likely pose significant challenges to your productivity, and ability to strike a balance between your personal and professional life. Here are 4 simple steps to ease your transition into this new, unforeseen reality:

  1. Create a routine & stick to it: Write down a plan for each day, including everything from getting out of bed in the morning, to falling asleep at night. Create a timeframe for both work responsibilities and all other daily activities (like hobbies, meal planning or self care) you wish to complete. Having a stable routine that is easy to stick to increases your sense of control and predictability that is able to ease your mind and body’s adjustment to this new reality, leading to lower stress levels and increased creativity and self-efficacy. 
  2. Respect your working hours: Working from the comfort of your home may challenge the boundaries between your personal and work realities. As your home and office environments merge, you may be tempted to work longer hours, increasingly exhausting yourself and eventually leading you less productive and motivated to work. Setting and abiding to specific working hours as you would if you were at an office is a great way to boost your productivity during these designated times while also preserving your personal life, allowing space for some me-time too. 
  3. Take breaks:  Research has shown that taking short breaks from work can boost your efficiency and creativity at work. By allowing your mind to rest and concentrate beyond your work responsibilities, you are able to re-charge and fuel yourself with adequate motivation to be productive. A great idea would be to combine these short breaks with self-care rituals such as going on a short work or meditating which have been shown to increase brain pleasure-hormone levels, boost your confidence and mood and activate brain areas associated to creativity.  
  4. Remind yourself that this is only temporary and allow yourself to enjoy the positives of the situation such as being in your own space, perhaps with your families and with greater control and flexibility over your schedule. 

Finally, always remember that there is no “perfect response” to these unforeseen events and abrupt shifts to our everyday life. As we all learn to adjust to this novel reality it is important to be patient with yourself and recognize that you are doing the best you can!