People suck at working from home. This was mostly because when people were at home, they wanted to do what people at home do, and that included not working. It also affected people’s health and wellbeing, because, with the “regular routine” out of the window, people struggled with falling into a new one. But remote working has become the new normal, and as such, there are solutions to the work from home challenges that have stumped office productivity over the last few years.
Keeping Health In Check
Being at home meant a lot of people just let themselves go and started eating whatever they felt like. While this comfort eating was likely triggered by the despair of the situation, it also became a burden on people’s waistlines and their health. But that is easily remedied by making simple changes, like being aware that working from home may cause hunger pangs otherwise ignored in a busy office environment. Make the extra snack count by having fruits, nuts, and another healthy snack on hand. This will boost health while negating the weight gain that comes with overeating.
Keep Hydration In Mind
Keeping hydrated is supposed to be simple, drink water when you’re thirsty. But working from home seems to be the perfect distraction from feeling thirsty because hydration went out of the window for many people working from home. Wonder why they’re all in a foul mood? That’s because dehydration can lead to mood swings. It can also lead to constipation, which is a whole different level of poo hitting the fan. Coffee and tea will do, but water is the best. Sugary drinks and sodas are a no-no.
Get A New Exercise Regimen
Normally, people have a workout routine that either happens before work, or after work. Some companies even have an office gym or deal with gyms that allow staff members to hit the gym during office hours. But that all went down the toilet when people started working from home. For many people, it became hard to maintain an exercise routine, simply because they don’t know how to factor it in now that their work schedule has changed so dramatically.
But it’s important to remember there are more than physical benefits to exercising, and there are also mental benefits. Incorporating physical activity into the workday is one way. You can do this by setting reminders to do pushups and crunches to get some physicality in. Getting a standing desk is also an option, just to get the blood flowing.
A Home Office Shouldn’t Be Makeshift
Most office environments are set up with productivity in mind. Everything from your comfy chair and the coffee machine in the kitchen, to the printer near your desk and the latest software on your computer. Everything is there to make your work seamless, and to give you a mentality of contentness and willingness to work. So why should your home office be a place at the dinner table in a plastic chair? The home office should be the same, or at least have a comfortable chair that prevents backache, and a desk that allows the computer monitor to be an arms-length away preventing eye strain.