Blog entry by Kevin Davidkin

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by Kevin Davidkin - Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 12:21 AM
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Tips for Working From at Home

Working from home is awesome but only until the cat throws up on your computer. Then your neighbor, whom could be building a time machine, starts firing up all sorts of power tools as well as noisy machines across the street.

COVID-19 makes remote work a necessity and not a luxury. Which environment allows us to be more productive, the office or the home office?

Your coworkers pose the most dangerous threat in an office environment. They can keep you from doing real work. You might be invited for lunch by coworkers who drop by your desk. The social benefits are great, but can prove to be distracting.

Family members are sometimes distracting at home. It's easy to become your worst adversary. You're free from any inhibitions, because you don’t need to be concerned about your coworkers. You're the only person in your home office. There's no need to feel the same peer pressure or communal obligation to get stuff done. (Also, you don't have to wear trousers.)
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1. Set expectations with everyone who is staying with you.Even though you might work remotely, you can still keep your "company" around. It is important to be mindful of the space you are in during work hours. The fact that you work remotely doesn't mean that you're not at home.

You might need to set guidelines for meeting times and shared tables or chairs, quiet times and more when living with another person who works at home.
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2. Take breaks.It can be so easy to get distracted as a telecommuter that you avoid breaks altogether. It's not necessary to feel guilty for working in the same place in which you sleep. Instead, you should take five minutes to relax.

There is no need to spend your time on YouTube or enjoying comfort videos. Instead, take advantage of breaks to leave your desk. Get out and walk through the fresh air, or spend time with friends who might be in the same room.

Follow Ginny Mineo’s lead. Breaks such as cooking meals and having lunch could help you recharge to be more productive. To become more efficient, you don't have to work 100% of the day.

3. Interacting with other peopleWhen your office starts working at home, you'll miss the casual social interactions with colleagues you're used to throughout the day. It's not possible to have conversations or engage in other activities while working at your home.

What are your options? Communicate.

Combat loneliness and boredom by interacting frequently with colleagues. Connect with them via video chat using apps such as Zoom and/or Slack.

Remember, you're not working remotely from the moon. Engaging with others throughout the day is acceptable, regardless of whether they're your colleagues. It's a good idea to see another face during the day when most of your workday is solitary. Take advantage of breaks to connect with others.

4. Prepare meals the night before.You may find it tempting to spend your time making a delicious breakfast or lunch at home. Don't spend time making your breakfast in the morning before going to working. Make it the night ahead.

You can prepare your food ahead of time so you don't have to spend time on non-work tasks.

Lindsay Kolowich is a digital marketing strategist. She states, "Cooking at Home takes time that you would not spend on meal prepping if your working at a desk. It's true that the minutes can add to the final." To reduce that time, I prepare and cook my meals on the night before. This is just like what I do for work.

5. Pick a definitive finishing time.It is possible that you are thinking that working from home creates an ideal life balance for you However, be cautious with that assumption.

You can feel as if you're in a casino when you work from your home. It is easy to get lost in the excitement of your work in a relaxing environment.

Tyler Littwin stated that it's possible to let your work life intrude on your private life when you work remotely.