In this day and age, there are several men and women who work from home on a regular or on an on-and-off basis. The reasons could be numerous, starting from health issues, long commute, maternity, etc. The belief that a worker needs to be in the workplace to be efficient is now slowly changing, with benefits of working from home arising aplenty. However, for some individuals, especially when you have just begun to work from home, things can get a little overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to organize your’home office’.
Setting up one room (or some of a room) as your office can go a long way in developing a sense of mood and motivation which may otherwise be lacking when you are not in office. Fix a desk, an ergonomic seat (yes, it is an investment you won’t regret if you work from home regularly), and other essentials you may need for work, by way of instance, a charging station for your computer or mobile phone around that area. Stick to this place the best you can while working and proceed when you are not. You can still visit that area when you are not working, but make sure it is not close to the bed that you sleep in. In smaller houses this may be difficult to arrange but try to establish your workplace in a different room than your bedroom. This isn’t because you could accidentally climb onto your bed, and sleep during working hours, but as your quality of sleep at night may be affected by the existence of your work things.
While you are indoors through the significant portion of the day, it’s important to make certain you get sufficient ventilation, and good excellent air to breathe. If you live in an area where the pollution level is low, keep your windows open at all times for the new air to stimulate your brain, and improve your efficiency. If, unfortunately, you live in an area where the outside air is horrid, an air purifier is advised. Keep in mind, your health is of utmost importance no matter from where you work.
Although exercising is a mandate for everybody, it’s even more crucial for men and women who work from home. When you are in office, you could take regular breaks down to the cafeteria or a roadside tea/coffee shop, but when you are home, these fractures are eliminated from your routine. Consequently, it’s of utmost importance to exercise regularly. Choose whatever works for you – yoga, aerobics, weights, cardio, but be diligent and regular about it.
Make it a point to escape the house at least for ten or fifteen minutes every working day. You could either run a quick errand such as going to the ATM, picking up dry-cleaning, buying dinner, and so on, or you could take a brief walk in your neighbourhood at the very least. Going outside once a day and seeing other people on the street helps your brain relax, because, after all, we are all social beings.
A lot of people, especially at first, tend to feel guilty about not working from the office. They feel that they are not working enough, or something is missing. Some people have it even worse because others who go to office regularly have a propensity to point fingers and condemn those who work at home. Snide remarks like”Oh, what do you really know about the hectic traffic we proceed through”, or”You work from home, which must mean you’ve got loads of time”, to”I don’t think people working at home actually get any work done”, are very commonly heard. Don’t get bogged down by these things. Just because you work from home does not mean you should work more hours. Fix your work hours as you would if you were in office, and stick to it.
With the above-mentioned ways, an individual may find working from home a genuine bliss in the middle of all of the chaos.