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Navigating Your "New Normal": Help from a WFH Veteran
Work from home (WFH). It does take time to adjust. I have been working from home for more than nine years; I will never forget the initial adjustment I endured in creating and maintaining a work/life balance. Contrary to many memes and cartoons about remote work, the hardest adjustment for me (and most others) was knowing when to turn off working each day. Adjusting to and prioritizing family demands, interaction with peers and maintaining physical/emotional wellness were all lessons that I had to learn on the fly.
The current shift for millions of employees being forced into a structure they are not accustomed to has forced me to reassess my own comfort in remote work. Even though I "feel" (now more accurately "felt") comfortable with my structure and balance, my remote work included daily in-person interactions with customers, partners and peers alike. Now, even remote worker veterans such as I need to reassess and adjust our approach.
That said, it's not lost on me that my adjustment will likely be much smoother than those who are entering into remote work for the first time. In turn, I wanted to share some great tips on creating a balance that will maintain productivity, and most importantly maintain family and physical/emotional well-being.
An article on Dark Reading prompted me to consider what adjustments I’ve made over the last several years that have proven effective. Even if they aren’t all right for you, it does help to think through what necessary changes to your working environment, family routine, communication style, emotional and physical well-being could help make you more productive—and more connected—while working from home.
Not all of us have an office in our homes. However, it is important to have a dedicated space that enables you to focus and is free of distraction. Whether that be your dining room table or desk in the basement, establish an area you can be productive and walk away from at the close of business. Here are a few other tips I have found helpful:
At the end the day, we are all human. We are in this together and will figure it out. Hopefully the tips above help you to establish what your “new normal” looks like faster.
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