Going into the New Year many of us have found ourselves now working from home permanently. This lifestyle change has been an easy adaptation for some but not for others, as there’s a variety of new problems to tackle in order to complete your work, and I’m not just talking about the Wi-Fi going down!
We’ve created a list of things that could be contributing to your work stress and some tips to help reduce it.
Focusing on tasks
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome during work is to focus on tasks and this becomes even more difficult at home as we are surrounded by things that can distract us. Being at home can make it very tempting to distract ourselves with other small tasks or the biggest distraction, going on our phones. Not to mention it’s easy to get distracted by laundry piling up or clutter that needs tidying up.
Moving your phone to a different room or turning it on to airplane mode can help with being distracted by social media or any incoming messages and giving yourself a few rules to follow such as taking scheduled breaks, having set tasks to finish by the end of the day and leaving household chores until after working hours. This can also help to ensure that your surroundings are free from anything or any task that can distract you the next working day.
Detaching from work
A problem that many of us have struggled with is switching off at the end of the work day and relaxing. Working from home means that your living space is now your office space, which can be a big problem if you have a limited amount of space, meaning it can be hard to feel like you have finished work for the day or can leave your work behind. This can contribute to being able to leave a work mindset.
This YouTube video shows how to optimise small or limited space whilst working from home to make them feel as separated as possible. When you have finished working, having an activity or hobby to do after can also help channel your thoughts into something else. Going outside can also help to detach from work e.g. reading a book in the garden or going for a run (British weather permitting of course)!
Feeling accomplished can be difficult when completing one task after another or when feeling overwhelmed. Working from home means plenty of time sending and receiving emails which can take away from the social aspect of interacting directly with people. You may also feel a lack of achievement or gratitude as your just emailing complteted work across and having no proper interaction. This can often lead to us feeling burnt out.
Creating a list of tasks that you can cross off once completed can help not only keep track of your workflow but also give you a physical record of things you have completed that day. Giving yourself breaks after finishing a task and doing something fun or that you genuinely enjoy for a short amount of time can also help us feel rewarded. It’s also important to take advantage of down time and days off such as arranging to meet with friends or taking yourself out for the day.
Working away in Derby and looking for accommodation? Not only do our apartments have plenty of space for your temporary workstation, but we provide free beverages too so that’s your scheduled break sorted!
Pride Apartments is a family run business providing affordable, clean and comfy accommodation, with the options of double and twin rooms that can cater up to six people per apartment. Located only a short distance away from Derby City Centre, Derby Train Station and Derby Bus Station, we’re the perfect choice for your next successful business trip.
• Free Wi-Fi
• Free Netflix
• Free gated parking
• Free beverages
• Complete kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities
• Spacious accommodation
If you’re interested in staying in Derby and need some spacious accommodation, give Jas at Pride Apartments a call on 01332 5100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, as you will get the best price if you Book Direct.
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