Do you work from home? Would you like to? When you are tired of the 9 – 5 job routine, and someone else planning your schedule and telling you when you can be off and when you have to miss things to be at work, working from home sounds like a blessing and a privilege.
In many cases, working from home is quite beneficial. For example, new mothers who work from home are able to share special moments with their children which may have otherwise been missed. You also don’t have to worry about impressing anyone – say bye-bye to the panty hose and wearing suits and heels every day!
Another example would be people with long commutes. They spend an hour or so each way and feel it is a waste of time. Working from home eliminates this time-suck and even if you still work a full 8 hour day from home, you have 2 hours of commuting time you can use for something fun
I’ve been working from home with my PR business for years. I love it. But it isn’t for everyone.
Many people who work from home experience a number of issues, such as
- Household distractions like pets, dirty dishes, and television
- Lack of motivation resulting in longer hours
- Lack of a set schedule
Most people combat these issues by setting up a preferred space for work, like an office. However, when it comes to the working from home blues, finding a solution may be much more difficult.
The work from home blues comes in many shapes in sizes. There are a few symptoms, including
- Missing friends, family, or coworkers
- Feeling overwhelmed with work
- Feeling lethargic and depressed
- Being overly bored
- Feeling isolated
If you suffer from the blues, you may find that your productivity is decreasing along you’re your mood, and you may wonder whether choosing to work from home was a wise decision after all. There are ways to combat the blues and be successful in your at-home job. Here are some quick picker-uppers to alleviate the work from home blues:
- Leave work behind on the weekends. Weekends are for rest, especially for those who work from home. People who work at home may eventually begin to look at their home in a different, negative light. To combat this, make sure your house is a home, not an office, on the weekend. This is hard to do sometimes, but force yourself to take at least one day off.
- Allow time for social media. Take breaks throughout the day to check Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Social media is great for a quick escape to the outside world without actually having to leave the home. But set boundaries and don’t allow social media to take over your day.
- Schedule regular social outings. Schedule a game night with your girlfriends every Friday. You could also join a local bowling, golf, or another leisurely sport league. Sometimes social outings are part of your job. Everyone knows I am a people person. A few days without live social interactions and I am climbing the walls. As a PR and marketing specialist, I attend a lot of events and they get me out of the house. You have to plan and be strategic so you are making a good use of your time.
- Get involved in the community. If you work from home, you spend a lot of time cooped up indoors. Get involved in your local church or clean up committee and dedicate some hours to your community.
- Exercise regularly. Sitting behind a desk all day can have detrimental effects on your health. Be sure to get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day. This could even include walking the dog. Get up and move every hour. Even if it is just to stretch and walk to the kitchen for a glass of water. Get up and move.
If you’re suffering from the home office blues, remember that there are plenty of benefits to your job that many others aren’t so lucky to have. Practicing these simple remedies will help you become more focused, productive, and successful in your at-home job. Most importantly, you’ll see a change in your mood.
Now, back to work in my home office for me!
What tips do use to fight off the blues when working at home? Please share in the comments below.