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Adapting to Working From Home
Glen Quinn
Written by Glen Quinn
Adapting to Working From Home
Working from home is the new reality for countless professionals around the world. If you're having a difficult time transitioning to these new circumstances, then you're certainly not alone! These seven tips from the GrabSome team can make getting through the adjustment process a lot simpler for you.

1. Establish and Maintain a Fixed Schedule

One mistake many people make when trying to adjust to working from home is ignoring the concept of any kind of fixed schedule. Lack of a schedule can make people quickly lose focus. If you want to be productive and remain in good spirits, then you should come up with a new schedule that works for you and for the other people who share your household. Strive to wake up at the same exact time each morning. Go for regular breaks that can help you stretch your legs and get fresh air as you have done in the past. Eat lunch at the same time daily if at all possible as well. You should aim to maintain a sense of normalcy in your day-to-day routine. The absence of normalcy can in many cases lead to excuses, time wasting and significant productivity drops.

2. Gather All Essential Equipment Pieces and Supplies

People who are used to working from offices and away from their homes in general often find the idea of having to stay on top of technology and supplies rather confusing. If you want working from home to work out for you, however, you have to be willing to take on this brand new responsibility. If you don't have vital equipment, software and devices, your attempt to work at home may be pretty unsuccessful. You should gather things such as:

  • A laptop
  • A desk
  • A comfortable chair with adjustable arms
  • Headphones
  • A laptop stand

Here at GrabSome, we use Zoom for meetings and Webex teams to keep in touch throughout the day. Look into Google Drive for file storage applications as well. If you want to be able to communicate with clients and colleagues, it can help you greatly to be able to easily and rapidly access pertinent documents.

3. Think About Your Work-Life Balance

Working from home can make some people susceptible to never giving themselves breaks. It can be draining and emotionally unhealthy to never establish boundaries that involve taking care of work assignments. If you want to thrive in working from home and also keep the risk of burnout at bay, then you should stay on top of your work-life balance. That means that you should make time for yourself and for the people you care about the most. Enjoy tasty and soothing dinners with your significant other once your work day is complete. Read a gripping novel while unwinding before bed at the end of a long day. Treat yourself by taking and calming and hot bubble baths. If you find yourself answering work emails at midnight in your living room, something is wrong.

4. Put Together Regular Team Video Calls

Isolation can take a toll on people who work from home. That's why it can help to regularly check in with your colleagues. You can do so by organizing regular video calls with people who are part of your work team. A little bit of "human contact" can do so much for your spirits even if it's only through a computer screen. It can be nice to remember that there are others out there who are in your shoes.

5. Make Physical Fitness a Priority

It can be easy to fall into the trap of barely ever going outside and seeing the light of day when you work from home. It's not a good thing, however. It's critical to get fresh air and move your body around from time to time. Getting vitamin D is also vital for health. Just be sure to apply sunscreen before going outside. Aim to go for brisk walks around your neighborhood several times each week. It can even help to go for jogs around your community park. Exercise can boost serotonin production and because of that can aid your emotional wellness substantially. It's also a great way to break up your work day and clear your head!

6. Set Up a Workstation

Not having an official workstation in place can be a huge problem for people who want to be able to work well from home. If you don't take the time to set up a workstation, then it can interfere with your motivation. You should meticulously put together a desk that has everything you need for tackling day-to-day work duties. You have to have a seat that's nice and comfortable as well. It can be next to impossible to feel motivated when you're trying to work on your living room sofa in front of a television screen. Make a point to communicate clearly with the other people who are part of your household, too. Tell them that you're working and busy any time your door is shut. It may discourage them from possibly slowing you down while you're hard at work.

7. Prioritize Interaction

Regular interaction can go a long way for people who want to shine while working from home. You should go above and beyond to communicate with your colleagues. It can even help to take the time to communicate frequently with your customers and clients. Don't let working from home give you an excuse to shut yourself off from the rest of society. Answer email messages as promptly as you would from an office. Take care of any and all social media messages and comments that come your way as well. Don't forget that communication can keep all kinds of misunderstandings away. If you're not able to communicate face-to-face with coworkers, clients and customers, it can help to choose your words wisely. You should see to it that people are able to reach you through email and telephone.
At GrabSome we have been adjusting to working from home by putting these tips into practice. We are proud to still be able to provide our clients with the same standard of high quality service even when out of the office. Contact us to see how we can help your business improve their digital strategy, an important aspect of marketing that can help your business thrive through these uncertain times. 

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