It has been over two years since work from home became a part of our lives. While it might seem like a boon, this mode of work has also brought along with it, its own share of challenges. For some, this translates into distractions, working with a partner, kids, or roommates. While others may not be eating enough, taking regular breaks, or multitasking, and may find themselves being interrupted, which obviously hinders productivity.
Here are five common WFH habits you need to break out of, in order to stay healthy and happy:
Being sedentary: Working from home has led to a more sedentary lifestyle. This means that most professionals are becoming increasingly inactive which could be a cause of concern. A lack of exercise can lead to severe health issues, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more, along with anxiety. So make sure to block some time for a walk or little exercise every day.
Skipping breaks: Working for long hours without any breaks can leave you tired and fatigued at all times. This may also leave you with some serious physical and mental health concerns if you stay in one position for a prolonged period of time. For instance, being glued to the screen for a long time can strain your eyes and lead to severe headaches. A lack of breaks on the other hand can reduce productivity. So, ensure that you’re taking a break to relax your mind and body.
Not planning your day: To make the best use of time, you need to know how to correctly plan your day and prioritise each task assigned to you. In other words, you need to know how much time to spend on each task so you can manage your day effectively. When organising your tasks in order of priority, start with the most important ones and schedule the rest for later. Doing this each day, will help you stay focused and give you a fair shot at achieving all the goals you have set out for yourself.
No distinction between work and home: Since the pandemic, our homes have become our offices. We’re participating in Zoom meetings while sitting on the couch and making presentations from our beds, which might seem like a comfortable and convenient way of working. However, using the bed as a workspace means you’re bringing your work into your personal space. This blurring of lines between home and work can be tricky. The key is to draw a tangible distinction, which not only allows you to enjoy both aspects of work and life but also strike a healthy balance.
Multitasking: When you have the flexibility to work from home, you may think multitasking is the solution. But it isn’t. When the mind is scattered, the result is going to be sloppy. When you multitask, you can’t entirely focus on the project at hand, whether that’s something as simple as replying to an email or as time-consuming as writing a blog. If you’re working on a project, keep the mind focused on just that task. You’ll finish the project quicker, and the quality will be much better.
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