Struggling to Work from Home? How to Set Boundaries + Other Tips
You have been working from home for almost the whole of 2020 now 🤪
If you’re happy in your own space, you have probably been secretly enjoying working by yourself.
But if you are more social, you are probably struggling.
Your home life and work set-up play a huge part in your WFH experience.
As we’re heading into the 2nd lockdown, a lot of business have spoken of their intent to keep people working from home for a loooong time.
This means it’s time to set up your home work station properly if you haven’t yet.
That is if you want to be productive, of course.
These 5 simple yet powerful tips below will help you get started:
1. Get the right work equipment from your employer
Your employer is legally obliged to supply you with everything you need to get the work done. This may be a laptop, a computer, a second screen, a desk riser, a mouse, a keyboard – anything you need.
NB! You shouldn’t have to use your personal laptop for work reasons!
Your laptop screen should be set to your eye line level. This way you’ll avoid headaches and other nasty side effects.
You should also invest in a comfortable chair. Swivel chairs with wheels are best as you are able to turn to face in any direction and improve your comfort levels.
You may also need special screen or reading glasses. You can visit this website for more information about glasses. Eye health is often something that employers contribute towards, so ask if they can cover or partly cover the costs of the glasses.
2. Have a dedicated working space away from your bedroom
Working from home is hard because you do everything else there, too.
You need to establish good habits and stick to them.
Ideally, you’d have a dedicated working space which is separate from where you relax.
Working in your bedroom is a big NO, because your bedroom will become associated with being alert, awake, and switched on.
If you can, find a quiet space away from other people and distractions.
3. Set boundaries in your household
Setting boundaries with other members of your household is key to your productivity.
It can be challenging to set firm boundaries between ‘work time’ and ‘home time’ when you are always home. Small children may think that you are home because you aren’t working and want to spend time with you.
Discuss your needs with your family. Remind them that you still have work to do and need quiet time to do it.
4. Make sure the Internet connection is stable
Slow internet is the worst productivity killer.
If your current internet connection has been slow, you can call your provider and ask if they can help you. They can either install a new router, a WIFI booster, get you a discount on your contract or if nothing works – you can decide to just switch providers altogether.
Often, the connection is weak because your router is simply too far from your laptop. To fix this problem, consider buying an ethernet cable and use a plugged connection.
5. Break up your day with a walk or exercise
Break up the workday with movement. Working from home means you might be spending a lot more time without moving your body, which can make you feel stiff or tense.
This can be a quick burst of movement (like jumping jacks, or lifting kettlebells) or some lower impact movement like a walk.
If possible, set a time to go for a walk, run, or bike ride for some fresh air – just make sure to stay at least 2-metres apart from others, in line with social distancing guidance.