Telecommuting or working from your home can be incredibly isolating and distracting. So how do you actually stay sane while you’re at it?
Staying Sane While Working From Home
Even though working from home isn’t new and has been around for a long time, it’s still an uncommon practice for the majority of America’s workforce. Because of this, when that same majority got shifted over to work from home setups because of the pandemic, a lot of them struggled to adapt and adjust.
Some can’t deal with the lack of a schedule, while some find it very distracting and isolating. As such, here are some tips to help you stay sane while working from home:
Become proactive in communication
Working from home usually means out of sight, out of mind. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. As such, it’s important to be proactive, especially when it comes to communication with people that you don’t see face-to-face. Of course, that doesn’t mean a constant barrage of messages, but a little note here and there can make a ton of difference and make people feel heard and cared for. Sending notes and messages when they’re important can also make sure that people don’t forget about them.
Don’t cut yourself off
Working from home doesn’t mean that you should stay inside your house forever. Make sure that whenever it’s safe, you still try to meet up with your colleagues and/or friends outside for some lunch or breakfast or even just to hang out. Man is a social animal and there’s only so much socialization you can do online. The main idea is to be face-to-face with other people as much as you can.
Set some rules for yourself
This means making a vague schedule that you can follow and stick to because it will streamline your day and give you a sense of structure. Take breaks, of course, and do something completely different to help relax your mind. But make sure to set limits. Really, the idea is to completely know yourself and how you can work best, and make an environment where that’s possible.