How to Stay Sane Working from Home
Posted: August 11, 2014
As a remote worker, your morning commute involves wandering a few feet down the hall or stepping from your bed to your desk rather than jumping in a car and facing down traffic on the freeway. Saving time and gas driving to and from the office are just two of many benefits of working remotely.
But as the caffeine wears off, working from home isn’t always comfy yoga pants and free coffee. Breaking free from the cubicle is liberating, but brings about it’s own set of challenges. It’s time for a summer re-fresh! Read on for our best tips and tricks to keep your work life productive and happy.
Create Your Space
Keep work life and home life separate by creating an office space segregated from your daily living environment. If you don’t have a spare room for a home office, find a quiet corner of the dining room or living room to create your work zone.
Quick tip: Maximize your workplace with these easy organization tricks for small spaces.
Already have your office space? Liven it up and give it a makeover by rearranging the furniture, adding lighting, and personalizing with decorations and wall art. An inspiring and uplifting space will supercharge your workflow.
Sitting all day can be a pain — literally! Keep your energy levels up by taking a quick break every half hour to forty-five minutes. Short walks or stretching sessions not only boost your productivity, but also will keep serious health risks of sitting too long at bay.
Quick tip: Run through these simple deskercise moves to relieve stress and tension.
Though working from home eliminates many workplace distractions, the lack of face-to-face interaction with coworkers can feel isolating. Ditch that hermit-crab feeling and plug into your office community with virtual water coolers such as Twitter, Microsoft Lync, and SharePoint.
When it’s time to step away from the computer, balance out work stresses by scheduling regular lunch breaks or happy hours with friends and planning family dinners during the week. Join a gym or fitness studio you enjoy and step away from your home for some socializing and a healthy sweat.
Tell us: how do you keep your sanity working from home?