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Making Working From Home Work

With all of the chaos that’s going on in the world right now, it’s very possible that you’re finding yourself working from home. For people who aren’t used to working from home, it can be a bit of a transition. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help make working from home work for you.

Get Dressed

Yeah, the thought of staying in your pajamas all day is certainly appealing. But it probably won’t help you be all that productive. Staying in your pajamas all day can send a message to your brain that today is for relaxing. If that’s the case, it’ll be difficult to convince your brain that you need to get things done. So send the right message to your brain, and actually get dressed in the morning.

Make Your Space

Along with the above, have a space that’s specifically for work. Sitting in your bed may be comfortable, but again, it’s sending the wrong message to your brain. Your workspace doesn’t have to be a fancy desk or a private room. It could be as simple as sitting at your kitchen table. Just have a space that’s dedicated to work, where your brain knows it’s time to get down to business, and the people around you know that you shouldn’t be bothered.

Have a Routine

A routine is difficult to make when everything seems to be in such an upheaval. But a routine can help you actually get things done that need to get done. It doesn’t necessarily need to be an itemized, strict list. But even having a chunk of time that is solely set aside for specific tasks can be helpful. When are you working? When are you eating? When are you taking breaks? It can change according to your needs, but even a bare-bones idea of a routine can help make sure you’re not sitting on the couch binging Netflix all day.

Give Yourself a Break

It is so important to give yourself breaks. Even though you’re working from home, it doesn’t mean that work is all you have to do. Just like at the office, it’s important to take a step back from your computer screen now and again. Make yourself a snack, read a chapter of a book, or go on a walk around the block. Whatever you need to do to be able to get things done without completely burning out.

Find What Works For You

The most important thing about working from home, especially right now, is finding what works for you. The thing is, you’re not just working from home. You’re at home during a crisis, trying to work. Yes, you still want to be productive and get things done. But above all, remember to be gentle with yourself and take care of yourself. Find what works for you, and what makes working from home in these chaotic times as easy and painless as you possibly can. We’re all in this together, and we will get through it together.

These are not easy times, but humanity is resilient. Do you have any tips and tricks for working from home? What works for you? Tell us in the comments below!

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Heather Linde

Heather Linde is a writer and a teaching assistant for at-risk and state custody students. She plays roller derby, and volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance and the Girls on Track Foundation. In her free time, she writes, eats entirely too many cookies, stares at the moon too much, and hangs out with her pet snake, Persephone.

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