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As more of us adjust to working from home, it's essential to build a system that your family can maintain. Everyone needs to share the space effectively to complete work, handle schoolwork, and continue your family routine. While it may take some time to adapt to the new normal, it's certainly possible to do so. Let's look at a few tips for adjusting to working from the comfort of home.
Create a Realistic Schedule
You must design a schedule that works for you and your daily life. When you were commuting to an office every day, it may have been easier to get all of your work completed during banker's hours. As you adjust to living, working, and possibly schooling at home, all at the same time, it may be significantly more difficult. You may find that you need to adjust your daily schedule to accommodate the various activities that you need to fit into your day. Set aside specific time for head-down work, and use other times when you may be interrupted more frequently to handle things like email, reading, and light organizing. Most importantly, keep in mind that this schedule may need to fluctuate throughout the week as you adapt to everyone’s changing household needs.
Design Clear Ground Rules
As everyone utilizes the same space, it's vital to design clear ground rules. These rules can help you ensure that everyone home during the day can use the home as necessary, without causing unnecessary stress as other family members work and study. If there are certain hours that you need specific parts of the house to be quiet, have a family meeting to discuss this together.
Plan for Regular Breaks
When you're working and carrying out daily tasks in the same location, it's easy to accidentally push yourself into going for far too long without taking a break. You can find that you're skipping lunches to squeeze in phone calls, forgetting to move from the computer, and before you know it, it's late afternoon, and you've got a stress headache. Instead, take the time to plan for regular breaks throughout the day. You'll find that you're happier and more productive when you're well-rested, nourished, and take time to limit the amount of eye strain you're experiencing.
Set Aside Designated Space to Work
It's essential to set aside an area for working in your home. Dedicating a space can help prevent lost or damaged documents and provide you with an area of the house that is "yours.” It's far easier to get up and head to your work area if you know that everything will be where you left it the day before. You can simply pick up where you left off, instead of needing to lose time each day getting set up and organized.
It may take some time to adapt to working from home. Spend some time evaluating what is working well and what needs some adjustment to function at your best. Your routine will be working well before you know it.