Adjusting to a new normal can be a bit of a tricky concept. Suddenly your set daily rituals have changed and what was once your regular routine, is now no more. But not all change has to be such a daunting and negative experience. Sometimes a bit of change can bring a tinge of excitement and a sense of a new beginning. This is especially true when it comes to shifting your professional and working environment. 

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Article by Sarah Lawson

Going into the same office space and sitting at the same desk, day in day out, can become a bit of a tedious and monotonous activity. Most of your day is spent in the place where you complete your daily professional tasks, so it needs to be an area where you are both comfortable and productive, as well as somewhere you look forward to going to every morning. 

Setting up a work from home office could be that new, exciting, and comfortable change you need. Using an area of your own home gives you the freedom to tailor it specifically to suit your needs and wants. I know what you’re thinking – working from home doesn’t sound like the most practical idea when it comes to high levels of productivity and social activity. 

Well, here are a few tips to help you have a successful and happy career whilst working from home. 

Maintain a good work-life balance

Working from home can sometimes result in an uneven work-life balance, whereby you can get caught up in an endless stream of tasks and become somewhat of a hermit. This can majorly affect your social life and personal relationships. That’s why it is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance whereby you are still setting yourself fixed work hours even though you are not in an active office space. Outside of that 9-5 window, work mode is switched off and you are able to enjoy socialising with loved ones and leisurely activities. 

Have a set work-space 

It’s a good idea to have a designated space for a home office, this can be where you store all work-related files and various supplies. Try your best not to make it near a bed or TV to emulate a professional work environment as much as possible. 

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Avoid home distractions 

There can be many distractions at home; pets, family members, TV are just a few examples that you can encounter when working from home. A good way to avoid some of these distractions is by planning your day in advance. Having readily available snacks at your desks avoids you getting up too many times, or planning childcare in advance eliminates kids disturbing your concentration. 

Get out of the house

Spending too much time in front of the same screen in the same place can get very exhausting and tedious, very quickly. Get into the habit of setting up meetings outside whenever possible or even taking your laptop to a local cafe that has a good WiFi connection. Altering your surroundings and getting a change of scenery and do the world of good for your concentration and productivity levels. 

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