Whether you love it or dread it, many companies have decided to continue working from home (WFH) for the foreseeable future. WFH is certainly a big adjustment for many workers. Some have their remote working strategies down while others are still struggling to find their rhythms.
Remote work offers many benefits over traditional office settings such as increased productivity and decreased burnout.
Whether you’ve got your WFH habits down or are still looking to optimize your remote workday, check out these tips for better working habits.
Find Your Routine
A good WFH routine is essential to regulating your health and productivity. When you stick to a routine before hopping online for the day, those habits signal to your brain that it’s time to start working. This reduces your stress and helps you develop a consistent working pace.
You can take some of that extra time that used to be dedicated to your commute for building a pre-work routine. Many people struggle with getting up early, so creating a fake commute routine that you look forward to is essential to building better work habits.
Learn When (and How) to Say No
No matter what type of environment you work in, everyone experiences work-related fatigue. It’s important to learn when it’s time to say no to work or social responsibilities that you can’t take on.
When you’re burnt out and need some time to recharge, it’s okay to say no. For social events, just give your loved ones enough notice that you need to take it easy and offer to reschedule.
Many people have a lot more difficulty saying no to excess work responsibilities. Try some of these responses when you need to gracefully turn down a work offer.
It takes some time to build new habits and see their positive outcomes. Give your new routine a bit of time before you decide that they’re not working for you.
Don’t forget that WFH is an adjustment and everyone is experiencing some hiccups. These tips will help you make a smooth and productive transition to WFH.