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How to Avoid a Work From Home Rut During COVID

Hire Local 19 May, 2020

If your employer has sent you home to work during COVID, you have probably already discovered the dangers of work at home ruts. This is especially a problem for individuals who are not accustomed to working from home. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid this problem so that your productivity stays high. 

Set Flexible Boundaries 

Boundaries are definitely necessary if you are do be productive at all while working from home, however, these boundaries need to be flexible. The fact of the matter is you are not at work you are at home. There are certain things that will require your attention during the workday. Your children or pets may need your attention. Something home-related may not be able to be put off until after work hours. It is okay if you need to take a break to deal with home stuff. The best work from home arrangement is one in which home and work mesh together in a nice balance. 

Change Your Work Space

If you are starting to get sick at the sight of your workspace, switch it up. Move your workspace to another area of the home, or better yet, if you can, move it outside for a few hours a day. This will feel refreshing which can have a positive influence on your productivity. 

Change Your Hours

If you have the freedom to change your work hours, do so. Switching your work hours to different times of day can have a tremendous effect. Many people are actually working during their least productive hours. Each individual has their own internal clock with certain hours holding more energy and productivity than others. Finding the time of day at which you are your most productive can literally change your work life. Experiment a bit, if you can, to find your ideal work time. 

With life on hold right now it can be easy to fall into a rut. Use these tips to protect yourself from this and increase your productivity.