[AD] Working from home is a lot more challenging than anyone expects it to be at first. Working and living outside the constraints of the regular office environment is freeing, but it also makes it easy to slip into habits that you might never fall into otherwise. Here are some of those habits and what you can do about them.
Spending All Day At Your Desk
If you work at home, it’s likely you’re doing a desk job of some sort. If that’s the case, then you need to make sure you take the time to get up now and then. Scheduled, active breaks away from your work station is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s doing a 15-minute exercise after your lunch break, taking a walk, or simply stretching out, you should structure your workday that you have enough opportunities to break away from living a completely sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a wide range of other problems.
Setting No Work-Life Boundaries
If you don’t have a clear divide between your work life and your home life, both suffer. You can find it harder to concentrate when home life encroaches on work, and find it harder to relax when you’re supposed to be done with work. Ensure you have a separate home office space that you can reliably not get distracted in, and make sure you have a firm schedule for when you are and aren’t working that you endeavour to stick to.
Taking Those Smoke Breaks
It should be obvious that smoking is bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your productivity. Smoke breaks act a constant chance for distraction, and if you’re not well-disciplined, those five to ten minutes here and there away from your desk can really add up. E-cigarettes have become a popular way to quit or manage cravings lately, and with vape mods, you can make them more like the real thing. There is a range of ways to cut down on your smoking, including patches, gum, and the like, so it’s worth considering.
Working Even While You’re Sick
One of the best things about working from home is how easy it makes it to roll out of bed, get dressed, and start working right there and then. However, when it’s too easy to work, you can end up pushing yourself when you really shouldn’t, such as when you’re sick. Sometimes, you have to take the day, even if it means a hit to your earnings. Work, as well as the exertion and stress that can be caused by it, can make the road to recovery all the longer. Take the time to strengthen your immune system and let it sort things out for you.
To make the best of a remote working gig or career, you have to know how to maintain some self-control at home and how to manage your health when you spend a lot of your day in a single place. Hopefully, the tips above help with that a little.