We’re in year two of the work from home experiment, but that doesn’t mean everyone has quite managed to master the art of remote work. One widespread problem facing workers today is there is no separation from home and work. In the past, you could go to work in the morning and leave at the end of the day, but this is no longer the case. In fact, in one study, 42 percent of respondents said they miss the separation of work from home.
That said, there are some easy workarounds to establish boundaries and maintain space while working out of the house. Here are a few of them.
Set Up A Dedicated Office Space
A dedicated office area that you can go to during the day may help create the necessary separation of space that many people feel they are lacking. This could be a garage, spare room, or even a part of your living room that’s sectioned off with a room divider.
The point is, you should have a dedicated area that you can leave and not look at when the workday is over. Using your living room sofa as an office isn’t the only solution!
Rent A Private Office
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you need to actually work out of the house. Maybe it’s time to consider renting a private office if you can afford it.
Chances are you can rent a decent office without paying too much right now, as companies are desperately trying to rent unused space to tenants. Or, split the cost with some co-workers. Poke around for a place that’s affordable and allows you to work in private while remaining socially distant.
Get Noise Cancelling Headphones
Headspace is very important when you’re working from home. It’s not easy to concentrate when kids are running around, dogs are barking, doorbells are ringing, and televisions are blaring.
Getting a pair of noise cancelling headphones might be a good idea. They can help tune out the world around you, with the added benefit of helping to eliminate distractions in your vicinity. Some headphones also come with light indicators, alerting family members or friends not to bother you while you are working.
Maintain Work From Home Collaboration
You shouldn’t feel tied to an office phone or even a device anymore, when considering the abundance of remote workspaces that are available. Thanks to unified communications as a service (UCaaS), you can jump from device to device with ease, without losing a step.
For example, you may need to leave your living room desktop and move to a laptop in a private office setting for a call. With a remote collaboration solution, this should be a breeze.
As an added bonus, UCaaS comes with presence indicators that you can use to let team members know when you’re available and when you’ve checked out for the day — so you don’t get work texts and notifications when you’re in the middle of dinner with family or watching your favorite show at the end of a long day.
Do you have any suggestions to make remote work a breeze? We’d love to hear them. And remember: We’re all in this together.
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