Working from home full time can be a major adjustment. To help with your transition, here are some helpful tips from CompuCom employees who have been working remotely for years.
1) Place Indoor Plants Around Your Work Area
Surrounding yourself with indoor plants can have great and unexpected benefits! Plants may improve your mental outlook and reduce stress throughout the day, giving your immune system a natural boost. They can improve air quality and add humidity to your home, both positive factors for a better breathing environment. Studies have also shown that they can improve productivity and even your learning capabilities!
2) Set Boundaries and a Schedule
Working from home can make you feel tempted to try to do it all—be productive at work while also making sure the house is clean, the laundry is done, and dinner is prepped. Try to set regular hours for yourself and develop a routine. Make sure to create some boundaries around your schedule during the day if other family members are home, so you stay focused on work. Most importantly, stop work at the end of the day. A good cheat tip for keeping a routine schedule is to prep your crockpot before your morning of work begins, so dinner will be ready on time without interfering with your workday.
3) Find Inventive Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied
Setting boundaries for family members while you work from home is a great idea—if those family members are old enough to respect those boundaries. Keeping your little ones entertained while you work from home can be a challenge. For young children, try rotating rooms during the day to avoid boredom and keep them entertained for longer. Below are some free services that you can take advantage of while your whole family is home with you.
- Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo are hosting Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3 PM. Officials will highlight one of their animals and include an activity you can do from home
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
- Take virtual tours of farms from pigs to apples at FarmFood360
- Use these indoor activities for 1st grade to 8th grade from Busy Toddler
- Play games and learn about animals at Switch Zoo
- Listen to children’s books read by some of your favorite celebrities at Storyline Online
- Play math and reading games at Arcadamics
4) Stay Active
It is important to stay active for your health, even if gyms or your favorite workout classes are closed. Regular exercise can prevent or manage many health issues, including high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Studies have also shown that exercise can improve mood, boost energy, and help with sleep. Below are some free at-home workouts to help you stay happy and healthy.
- Planet Fitness free at-home workouts, even for non-members
- Peloton offers free 90-day subscription trial for its at-home workout app
- Free workout apps to keep you fit while social distancing
Keep in mind this information does not constitute a medical consultation and cannot replace medical advice. Any information should never be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other health care provider. Before you start working out, you should get a medical checkup or otherwise be fit for this type of activity.
5) Avoid Snacking While You Work
Working from home means you are just steps away from your kitchen pantry and all the snacks it has to offer. Snacking while you work can lead to larger portion sizes because you are distracted, leading to weight gain. Take the time to focus on your food, so it is more enjoyable, and you can recognize when you are full. Prepare healthy snacks ahead of time and plan them into your agenda. Dietitians suggest that you try to have a mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in each snack, such as an apple with peanut butter and a hard-boiled egg, or cucumber slices with hummus and a piece of cheese.