The ones that have never worked from home are often surprised to learn just how difficult it can really be … especially if it lasts several months. From distractions to a lack of space, there are a variety of challenges. Add all this to keeping your sanity when working in the same place you live, and you have a situation that can quickly take a turn for the worse. Chaos … Chaotic … Confusion.
But, good news: Here are 3 steps you can take to keep your sanity when working from home. It doesn’t mean everything will go as planned — day in and day out — but you’re at least having a plan for yourself is a way to maintain your sanity.
1. Set Up a Designated Workspace
If you don’t have a designated room; such as a spare bedroom or basement — consider a closet, a corner nook in your larger bedroom, or even your dining room table.
Keep this in mind, designating a workspace and learning space is also important to your children. At school their whole education career is being in rooms that serve a purpose, where everyone has their area and “home” for their items. This first tip will save you a lot of headaches & heartaches!
You know how much space your family will need to work efficiently, so choose your spaces wisely.
2. Talk to Your Family About Boundaries
Also very important, how will you keep your children from barging into your office space while you’re working on an important project? What will you say to your spouse to keep them from calling your name during your Zoom meeting if they need help with something?
Make sure to have someone who helps you stick to your balance, whether that be a spouse, friend, or family member. Just like an exercise routine or family budget, maintaining balance between work and life takes discipline and consistency to be effective. Having an accountability partner can help quite a bit.
3. Take Regular Breaks
No two people are alike when it comes to how many breaks they need, but you should work these into your schedule before your day even begins. Put it right on the family calendar in the morning, where everyone can see it.
Some examples, get into the habit of stepping away from your desk for 15 to 30 minutes – at the least, for meals. Important Tip → you shouldn’t eat at your desk. Sure, you’re getting the fuel you need to press on, but you’re not giving your mind a break.