Guest blog: 3 Things I Learned From Working at Home

Our latest blog has been written for us by Gloria from womenled.org who celebrate women’s achievements in the workplace. They are dedicated to increasing the number of women-led corporations, organizations, and small businesses by educating others about women-led achievements.

Working from home was so exciting for me at first. I mean, who wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought of rolling out of bed and rolling right into work still in your pajamas?!

As the months have passed, however, I actually find myself longing for the routines and norms I had back at the office. Driving to work, grabbing that first cup of office coffee and catching up with coworkers. If you have been experiencing similar feelings, I have a few pieces of advice for you.

Mind The Mess and Clutter at Home

My living room was my workspace when I first transitioned to working out of my home. This didn’t seem to be a problem until things started to get messy and cluttered. Then I started feeling stressed, and I even noticed tensions brewing between my partner and myself.

What I failed to realize is that the clutter in my home was actually contributing to the stress and anxiety we were feeling. Research actually supports this fact. To get rid of that extra tension I needed to clean things up and clean out some of the negative energy around my home. If you need to do the same, these tips made it easier for me to imbue my living environment with positivity.

You Need an Exclusive Workspace

Remember when I said I was working out of my living room? Well, that was also making it difficult to maintain boundaries with my partner. The thing is, he would see me sitting on the couch, typing away on my laptop, and think that I was open to conversation. Unfortunately, this led to many misunderstandings and frustrations for us both.

That’s when I finally figured out that I needed my own workspace. Just like I had when I was working in an actual office. You should also set up a dedicated workspace in an effort to minimize distractions and boost productivity.

Reach Out to Coworkers and Friends

I have a confession: I’m an introvert at heart. So working alone at home sounded like a dream come true! At first, it really was, but then I started to get a bit lonely. We have pets, but they’re not ones for conversation. I eventually started to miss my coworkers and even my boss!

Loneliness is a common problem for remote workers. However, you can keep yourself from feeling isolated by staying connected to people from work. Use an app to set up dedicated chats. If you don’t have coworkers, try to schedule some time with friends. Because no matter how much of an introvert you are, you need to stay connected in order to thrive.

Working from home can still be a dream come true. You just need to use boundaries and routines to keep yourself from feeling burned out. So, recreate some of the routines you had in the office or create some new ones so that you feel both liberated and connected.

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