For some, “working from home” sounds like a dream; for others, it’s a nightmare! Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, about 70 percent of employed adults are now working from home, and many expect to continue this way once the pandemic is over. Whether or not you are thrilled about the idea of working from home, it can be a challenging adjustment for all.
At ICO Vista Station apartments in Draper, Utah, we understand that many of our residents must work from home, and we want you to have a positive work experience. Here are a few tips for working from home at our apartments in Draper.
Establish a Routine
If you are working from home, it might be tempting to sleep in, waste time in the morning, or procrastinate what you need to get done. That’s why it’s important to establish a routine and stick to it.
You can start with your morning routine. Try to wake up at the same time every day and give yourself time to exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, get ready for work, and do whatever else you need to in the mornings. Then, make sure the rest of your day is structured and you maintain a regular schedule of when you will work, eat, and relax.
“Go to Work”
Even if you are staying at home, you can still pretend that you are going to work. While it’s much more comfortable to stay in your pajama bottoms, dressing professionally is shown to help you be more productive, confident, and successful—even if no one sees you.
Next, try to reserve a separate space for your work. If that’s not possible, at least keep the area you work clean and organized, and go to a mental workspace in your mind. If you have to, you can even walk out your apartment door and then walk back in as if you are arriving at work!
It’s important to take care of yourself by setting boundaries—both for yourself and others.
You can set boundaries for yourself while at work by eliminating distractions such as TV and social media. Then, once your workday is over, force yourself to detach from work by leaving your workspace, resisting the urge to check work emails, and avoiding thinking about work.
In addition, don’t hesitate to set boundaries for others by communicating expectations with those you live with. Kindly let them know your work hours and ask them not to distract you or be noisy during those hours.
Take Care of Yourself
Finally, working from home is a challenging transition for everyone, so make sure to go easy on yourself. Take breaks regularly, get outside, and do your best to stay positive!
Working from home has its pros and cons, and there are steps you can take to deal with the challenges and stay productive. If you are dealing with the stresses of working from home at ICO Vista Station Apartments in Draper, try out these tips to improve your experience.