It’s not in everyone’s nature to enjoy working from home, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it a necessity for many. While there is good news about effective vaccines on the horizon, it is likely to be at least several more months before everyone has access to them.
Therefore, your work-from-home arrangement is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. If you’re still struggling with it, here are some tips to make it better.
- Devoted Workspace
You should have a space set aside that you devote to work. If space is at a premium in your home, it doesn’t have to be large. An unused corner will do if you don’t have anything else. However, it should be organized to help you concentrate better and work more efficiently. It should also be devoted to work stuff, meaning that you don’t do anything else while you are there, and when you’re not working, you stay away from it.
- Organized Schedule
Working from home allows you some scheduling flexibility, and this can be a blessing and a curse. If you have to rearrange your schedule because of an appointment once in a while, that’s fine, but generally speaking, you should set aside a time for work every day and stick to it. Otherwise, it can be tempting to procrastinate, which can cause you significant difficulties later.
- Contact With Colleagues
Take advantage of any opportunities to stay in contact with people at the office. Many companies are holding virtual Zoom meetings, and as long as it does not distract from work, you should participate in any less formal online gatherings offered as well. Also, you should keep up with networking at this time to help your career trajectory. Use professional social networks such as LinkedIn to stay in touch with contacts.
Above all, try to keep things in perspective. A year of your life, give or take, spent working from home is a small percentage. Bear in mind, too, that some people would prefer to work from home but can’t. What you view as burdensome, others may consider a privilege.