So, first thing’s first, according to Time…you should probably sit up straight, eat some breakfast, and put on some pants.
How else can you stay focused on the job and mentally healthy while working remotely? Here are four tips from work-from-home veterans and workplace experts.
1) Location Matters!
Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed.
2) Have a Plan
When working alone, you should keep a more structured daily schedule than usual. Plan your meals, maybe a possible break or two, and what you want to get done. It is natural to be more relaxed which means we all need more structure when working from home.
3) STAY CONNECTED (for wellness sake!)
Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury, who studies remote work and the relationships between geography and productivity, found an interesting solution to boosting camaraderie among remote workers: pizza parties.
While researching remote work habits at the U.S. Patent Office — which implemented a more robust “work from anywhere” policy in 2011 — Choudhury discovered a manager who hosted weekly lunches via videoconferencing. Odd right, but staying connected is a basic building block for WFH health & wellness.
4) Embrace a new normal
Stay positive and embrace change, we have been through tough times in history and come out stronger. Working from home can provide a new way to be productive. Also according to Forbes and many others, it could actually lead to more permanent good: FORBES WFH Is Better!