Remote Career Coach Tips on How to Cope with WFH ProblemsFor a lot of us, we’ve been moved to our home offices, away from our usual day-to-day routines – commuting, boardroom meetings and colleague lunches switched to a solo day. More many people, this is a perfect situation and they thrive whilst working for some, whereas others struggle to find motivation and drive. Whichever category you fall into, there are definitely some teething problems we can all identify with when finding your feet to #WFH. Megan Gougeon, a Remote Career Coach shares her tips on hope to cope with your new found working freedom.
Megan: First of all, you are not alone. Struggling to find a work-life balance when you start working from home is such a common problem. We are creatures of habit, and it’s perfectly normal to need time to adjust given that your entire routine has changed. Here are three things that have really helped my clients adjust to the ‘new normal’ of working from home. 1. Build a dedicated workspace Designating an area in your home where you do nothing but work is probably the best thing you can do for your productivity and sanity. Not all of us have the luxury of a home office, but try to find a spot where you are away from your family, the fridge, the TV and other distractions. Set a rule for yourself that the only thing you will do while at your workspace is work. No eating, no social media, no listening to the news. If you have trouble staying on track, consider using a tool, like SelfControl, that will lock you out of distracting websites. 2. Set working hours – and stick to them!
1. “It’s hard to keep firm boundaries between working from home and family life. It’s all merged into one at the moment. I seem to roll out of bed and I’m working – sometimes the work laptop comes to bed with me!”