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by Kevin Davidkin - Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 8:20 AM
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Work from home 5 Tips from People

It's wonderful working from home, but it can be frustrating when your cat is onto your computer. And your neighbor, who you can only assume is creating a time machine starts firing up all sorts of power tools as well as noisy machinery across the street.

COVID-19 has led remote work to become an essential instead of a luxury for many professionals. But which environment can be more productive: the office, or the home office.

Your coworkers are often the most significant challenge to your productivity at the office. They might walk at your desk and join you in conversation. It's what I've heard. While the social benefits are wonderful but being distracted makes it difficult to enjoy these benefits.

While it may be distracting for family members, it's not difficult to turn into a foe in the home workplace. Since there are no coworkers, you're free to drop those pesky inhibitions. The office at home is private, and nobody is around to observe. The peer pressure and communal obligation to complete tasks is not something you will feel. (Also there's no need to wear trousers.)

1. Be clear with those who will be staying at home.Even though you might work remotely, you can maintain your "company" around. It is important to be mindful of the space you are in during work hours. Even if you're working at home doesn't mean that you're at home.
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You might have to establish guidelines for meetings, sharing desks, chairs, and quiet time if you share space.

2. Clear breaks are important.Telecommuters can easily get distracted and avoid taking breaks. It's not a good idea to feel guilty about your work in the home that you are sleeping in. Spend five minutes to relax.

Do not just log on to YouTube and watch comfort clips. Pause from your desk. Go for a walk, take some fresh air, or even meet others who might reside in your home.
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Ginny's suggestion is a great one. Pauses, like eating and making lunch are a great opportunity to recharge your batteries so you can perform better at work. To become more efficient, don't expect to be working 24/7.

3. Engage with other humansYour office will likely begin working from home, and you will miss the informal social interactions you had with colleagues throughout the day. The small talk and other activities that make each work day special in the workplace are gone when you work at home.

So what is the best way to do? Communicate.

Fight boredom and loneliness by frequent communication with other employees. Get in touch with them via video chat using apps such as Zoom and/or Slack.

Remember that you are working from home, not at the moon. Interacting with other people during the day is allowed even if they're not your colleagues. Even if your workday is mostly spent in solitude, it's good to meet others. You are able to make the most of your time off by engaging with other people.

4. Prepare meals the night ahead.You may find it tempting to spend your time making a delicious breakfast or lunch at home. Cook your food the night before so you don't waste precious time.

It is possible to prepare your meals ahead of time so you don't have to spend time on non-work tasks.

Lindsay Kolowich is a digital marketing strategist. She says, "Cooking at Home takes time that you would not spend on meal prepping if your working at a desk. It's true that time can add up at the final." To reduce this, I prefer to prepare and cook my meals in the evening prior to the day, much as I would do for a day at work."

5. Pick a definitive finishing time.It is possible to believe that working at home is a better way to manage your work and life. Be careful.

Working from home may be like a casino -- you are so absorbed in your activities and in a relaxed setting, that you forget complete track of the time.

Tyler Littwin explains that if you work at home full-time or regularly, it is easy to allow your work-related life to get in the way of your personal life.