Believe it or not, companies around the world are scared of the idea of sending their employees home to work. They are aware that there are a million distractions at home that can keep their employees from focusing on their projects. So, they put their trust in us to motivate ourselves and not give in to the normal tendency to sit around and not be productive at home.
Although working from home is an enticing idea, it does have its own set of challenges. We are wired to feel relax at home. Our minds have a natural switch that runs on relaxing mode when we reach the house. So, the notion of people working at home created a natural struggle for both the employer and the employee. As an example, supervisors now have become less effective in monitoring their team. They know that without their physical presence, some of their team members can easily fall into a million social media traps.
If we truly care about work, let’s try to be our managers and supervisors. So, let’s look at some reminders to help us feel comfortable at home while making sure our productivity level remains high.
Don’t work on your couch
We all know what the couch symbolizes. It symbolizes relaxation, Netflix, and pizzas. And although it’s tempting to work from the couch, it’s a bad idea. No matter what we tell ourselves—that the comfort of the couch will help us work better—don’t do it. Yes, the couch is very comfortable to sit on, but it’s not designed to help us work. If you’re looking for a chair to sit on, get an ergonomic office chair. Ordinary office chairs are also ineffective. Ergonomic office chairs like Flexispot’s Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair is the perfect solution.
Ergonomic chairs are designed to help us work for hours. Its scientifically proven design language aims to help support our bodies. This means that we can use ergonomic chairs for extended periods without giving us all too familiar lower back pains at the end of the day.
Ergonomic office chairs are feature-packed. And unlike, for instance, gaming chairs, ergonomic office chairs have an understated look so they can blend with any type of room or area.
Don’t skip meals
Unlike in the office, when working at home, we can bring food to our workstations without the fear of being reprimanded. The downside is we end up eating all day. Having a pre-assigned time for breaks and food will help us focus more. Before the day begins, try to create a schedule for yourself. Mentally prepare for the tasks at hand. Make sure you follow the schedule as if you were in the office. If you do this, your mind will be tricked into turning on work mode even if you’re at home. When it’s time to work, make sure you don’t do anything else. When it’s time for a break, make sure you don’t do anything else. Don’t skip meals. Don’t skip the opportunity to step away from work. Breaks are designed to recharge and refocus your mind. Without breaks, without time to eat and nourish yourself, you will end up feeling burned out. Don’t fall into the trap. The time structure is very important if you want to guarantee productivity.
Eat healthily. Eating junk food will only make you sleepy. Eating healthy means taking in energy. Energy for work. Eating junk food will only put a strain on your mind because it won’t have the necessary fuel to run.
Get a Desk
There are a lot of tables and surfaces at home you can use for work, but get a dedicated desk for yourself when working. The dining table may look and feel right, but it’s bound to distract you because your mind is wired to look for food when you’re around the dining table.
Having a dedicated desk just for work will let your mind focus on one thing: work. The Adjustable Standing Desk Pro Series is the perfect solution. Standing desks are designed to let you use them as a traditional desk and a standing desk. You can use it while seated down and while standing up. Health experts are now encouraging us to work while standing up at certain parts of the day if we want to stay healthy. Standing desks are the perfect companion for this. You won’t need to step away from your main workstation, all you need to do is push a button and your tabletop will rise to your desired height. You will be saving space as well because you won’t be needing two tables. Standing desks functions as a 2-in-1 tablet.
Customize your workstation
Do you sometimes wish you can bring framed pictures to work? Now you can. Working at home will allow you to fully customize your workspace. Gone are those awkward stares from your boss when you brought that indoor plant in the office. No more uneasy smiles when you were asked to explain why you placed a framed picture of your beloved pet in the office. Working at home changes all that. So, take advantage of the opportunity and start customizing your workstation. Like what was said before, there are a million things that can distract you from doing your job at home, so make sure you do everything to remain focused.
If a picture of someone you idolize will help inspire you to work harder, then go ahead and place a huge picture of that person inside your home office. Does it make you feel better when you’re near plants? Go ahead and place a bunch of them on your desk. The sky is the limit.
In conclusion, working from home can be heaven to so many of us. But it can also present its unique challenges. So, as any good employee would do, we must do our part in making sure that we are working hard. We must show our employers that we can manage ourselves without any physical supervision from someone in the office. Who knows, perhaps we can be allowed to work from home permanently.