Working from home for most is something that will take time to get used to already, add into the mix roommates/housemates/fellow community members that share a living space. Here are 5 tips that should help you maneuver this difficult period.
1. Set ground rules
Rules like quiet hours, work/leisure zones and general rules of engagement may sound like stuff for student dorms or families with kids but setting these rules up front could help you preserve relationships you have with your housemates. Fighting over who’s turn is it to use the Zoom corner helps no one.
2. Set a schedule/ or don’t
If you need a more structured environment to be productive, keep doing it even if you’re working from home. Set the time to start and finish including when to take breaks and stick to it. Having the normal routine will help you get into the groove of working from home.
At the same time, this is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different working styles. You might find that your productivity increases after a short workout or a leisurely afternoon coffee 😉
3. Invest in a good pair of headphones for music/ noise cancelling
If you’re working in a shared space, having multiple people working remotely in close quarters might mean more background noise. Invest in a good pair of noise cancelling earphones so you can put on your favorite music without driving housemates crazy or so their loud typing doesn’t put you in homicidal rage 🤣
4. Non-work-related activities
You’re probably seeing a lot of each other than usual but at the same time being super serious because you’re working. Do something together that could relieve any tension between you, like a cooking a meal or binge watching your favourite TV show.
5. Stay active
Now that you don’t have a daily commute, your level of physical activity might be the distance between your bed, the dinner table and the bathroom. Plan in some workout time, even just small breaks in between (10 jumping jacks on the hour for instance), to help you channel any pent-up energy!