Dr. Jeremy Chapman, P.E., PTOE, JD, RSP1, with Ramey Kemp Associates, has worked from home for over three years and shares a few tips that might be helpful for newbies.
1) Don’t chain yourself to your desk. In a regular work environment, you are constantly interrupted. For a few days, you may feel incredibly productive, and you will be due to the low interruptions, but it’s better to take micro-breaks, often, even if it’s just to walk a coffee cup back to the kitchen, etc.
2) Self-care. Now that you’re not leaving the house, commuting, as you normally would, simulate that commute or use that time at lunch to go for a bike ride, run, etc.
3) Don’t work in your sleepwear. Even if you’re going to wear sweats, comfy clothes, etc. to work from home, have different comfy clothes!
4) Working from home has it’s own interruptions. It’s better to acknowledge them and work with them, rather than trying to block it all out. Packages will be delivered, dogs will need to go out, etc. Most people who work from home also do things like laundry, etc. during the day…these are things that only take a few minutes … and if doing these things helps reduce stress, do it.
5) There’s a level of background noise in an office environment that doesn’t typically exist in a work-from-home environment. If you find yourself missing it, turn on a radio, some music, or even a television in another room … as long as it’s not too distracting. It will take some time to find the right level for each person.