🏡 The Challenges of Working from Home 🏡

I love working from home, I actually wouldn’t have it any other way if I’m quite honest. Working from home has allowed me to balance both my work life and personal life. It has made things so much more easier and smoother for me and I no longer have that fear of getting on the tube twice a day that quite frankly stinks, it’s dirty, it’s overcrowded and there are always delays. I do not miss those days at all.

Even though working from home is great, it does come with its own set of challenges and I never thought that these challenges would affect me BUT, we are only human so we should definitely learn to forgive ourselves more. Covid19 has really changed our lives and it’s amazing to think that this time last year, life was normal and we definitely were not expecting to go into a lockdown. Do you ever think we’ll return to normality or is this our new normal? In and out of lockdown forever!? I don’t think this is going away any time soon to be quite honest.

For me to overcome these working from home challenges, I have set up a routine in order for me to maintain some sort of balance, sanity and productivity as it can be quite hard separating living at home and working at home.

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Setting Intentions

As mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve just started consciously setting intentions and when I say consciously, I mean by writing that sh*t down! At the end of each week I like to then reflect back on what I did do, what I didn’t do and what I can improve on for the following week. So far so good, I’m into my third week now and it’s going well. I do have to remind myself sometimes though as habits take time to form.

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Being Productive at Work

This is a hard one, some days I’m on it, I’m focused, I’m getting my tasks done and it feels great. However, other days are not so productive, I’m easily distracted, my thoughts are running wild and I feel like I’m in a daze for the whole day. My trick here is to be kind to myself and if I’m having an off day, whilst I still do my work tasks, I do smaller tasks unless something is urgent. It’s all about prioritising. If you’re lucky enough to work for an employer that’s kind, caring and considerate, you can talk to your colleagues or your boss. Remember, we’re all in the same boat and it’s good to let off steam.

Treat Mon-Fri as You Would: A Working Week

Just because we’re at home we still have to work, so on Sundays I try my best to get into the mindset of “going to work” even though my commute has changed. My commute now is from the bed to the sofa 😂 but work is work. I set my lunch hour like I would in the office, (1pm-2pm) which helps give me a routine as I’m finding this past year to be just one long day 😆 Who’s with me?

Exercise

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We can still go out so I like to take a walk most days to get some fresh air, a change of scenery and just reconnecting with nature. I treat my exercise as an appointment now and it’s marked in my phone’s calendar to alert me when it’s time for my workout session. I do half an hour of aerobics at lunch if I’m not out for a walk and then do 20 minutes in the evening.

My home is now a gym, an office, a place to sleep and eat, a sanctuary to unwind and a place to live 😂

Routine

All the days are jumbled into one so I try to have a routine, basically what I’ve listed above is my day to day routine. Come Saturday and Sunday, I don’t set my alarm, I wake up naturally, starting my day a little later maybe as it just helps to break everything up.

What do you do to help you in these situations? I’m always open to hear other ideas that I could possibly use for myself?

Have you set yourself a routine to overcome working from home 🏡 challenges? Do you find your life to be more organised?

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