For those enduring this year’s harsh winter climates, working from home during a hefty snowstorm can seem like a luxury. That is, until you’ve entered day eleven of working remotely, and have found yourself wearing the same pair of sweats three days in a row to your “home office.” So how can you prevent going completely stir crazy this season? Read on for a few of our favorite ways to stay on task and avoid WFH-burnout.
1. Set up office hours.
This probably goes without saying, but it’s important to stick to a daily schedule as best as you can. As tempting as it is to start up your laptop while in bed, it helps to maintain the same morning routine as you would before work—which means dressing in something other than your pajamas. Remember the old adage : you’ve got to dress for success!
2. Create the office vibe.
Not everyone has a home office, but having a section of your home designated for that sole purpose can really help keep a sense of structure in your day. Choose a location that is fairly free of distraction (or at least have a handy pair of headphones or earplugs nearby) and accompany it with an ergonomic seating arrangement , your favorite coffee mug, a lively plant or a pretty scented candle—whatever makes your space cozy. Think of it as giving yourself a good reason to get up and look forward to “going to the office.”
3. Socialize on and off line.
Whether you’re working with a house full of kids, roommates, or solo, it’s still really important to interact with others outside of your home. Check in with your work wife/husband, throw #FOMO to the wind and browse your social feeds to your heart’s content, or work from a local coffee shop and let the buzz of caffeine and a crowd keep you energized. Whatever it is, add a little human interaction in your day. It’s good for you.
4. Chill out. Or not?
Anyone living with MS doesn’t need to be told twice how important climate control can be. That said, it’s awfully funny how many office thermostats still stick to a decades-old formula based on the metabolic rates of men . But at home? Stick it to the man and set the temp to whatever keeps you the most comfortable.