Although lockdown has officially been lifted in Armenia, there are still thousands of people that will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. One thing that lockdown has taught us, is that it is perfectly possible for businesses to operate effectively without the need for a physical office space. Employees can be all around the country and still keep a company running efficiently. Working from home is a delicate balance however. You want to make sure that your job doesn’t melt into your home life or each day will feel the same and this can affect your mental health.
Set up a dedicated workspace
A dedicated workspace is essential if you are working from home on a more permanent basis. If you haven’t got a spare room to work in, find a corner of your living area and separate it from the rest of the house. Set up a desk area, some storage and make sure that these are kept tidy and organized. You should also make sure that your workspace area is kept clean and has plenty of fresh air. Small rooms can be susceptible to issues like black mold if they are cluttered and not kept well-ventilated. Make sure you open windows whenever you can and follow a regular cleaning schedule.
Keep a set routine
If you worked 9-5 when you were in an office, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t stick to a similar routine when you are at home. Having a balanced work schedule helps to define what is “work time” and what is “home time.” At the start of each day, set yourself targets that you want to complete and prioritize these. This will help give you a sense of achievement that boosts your mental wellbeing.
Dress to impress
Getting dressed to go to work used to be part of your daily routine, so when you are working from home, make a point of getting dressed before you start your job for the day. Spending all day in your pajamas and dressing gown simply isn’t very motivating. If you are meeting online with customers and clients via Skype or Zoom, then you should still dress smartly. After all, it isn’t professional to be part of an online meeting wearing a scruffy t-shirt or looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed.
Sticking to a daily work routine can help distinguish your job from your home life. Creating a dedicated workspace will help you to be productive every day.