A lot of people would love to work from home, but working remotely has its disadvantages. There are strategies you can adopt to stay product and ensure a healthy work-life balance.
I have been working from home for six months now. First, it was a dream come true because I have got the opportunity to replan my budget, since there were no more expenses on transportation and lunch every day. It was perfect to stay at home and still manage my work. However, there are downsides.
Lack of outdoor activities can cause health issues
During the pandemic outdoor activities are limited. Personally speaking, it did not bother me much, since I have been doing exercises at home. Fitness is important, but outdoor activities are even more important. I realized it when I felt pain in my legs. This was the first sign of varicose veins. Varicose veins happen when the valves in the veins do not work properly. One of the contributing reasons is sitting or standing for long periods. Can you imagine what happens to our body when we sit in front of the laptop 8 hours a day? To prevent this disease, it is important to:
- Go for a walk daily.
- Exercise at home.
- Control your body weight.
- Take breaks during the workday.
Digital eye strain
Digital eye strain is also called computer vision syndrome. Everyone has digital devices. We stare at the digital screen hours at a time. This is especially true while quarantining, because we do everything online: working, shopping, and staying in touch with friends and family. If, after a long workday, you have a headache, eye fatigue and discomfort, dry or red eyes, neck or shoulder pain, these could all be signs of computer vision syndrome. Here are some helpful tips:
- Install proper lighting to avoid glare.
- Adjust your computer display settings: brightness, size of the icons, etc.
- Take breaks and try to relax for 5-10 minutes at a time.
- During the break try to do eye exercises. There are a lot of techniques and apps for helping you find the best option for yourself.
- Get a proper pair of computer glasses.
Avoid unhealthy snacking during the day
I tend to eat more when I work from home rather than at the office. Working at the office gives you a different dynamic. You try to finish all tasks before going home, so there is no feeling of hunger. During the lockdown, I have got a bad habit of having snacks between meals. Sitting in front of the laptop and having tea with delicious cookies sounds absolutely normal, but if it happens several times a day and for a long time, it grows to a big problem. I try to keep my diet straight and this is what I recommend:
- Have proper meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- If you still feel hungry between the main meals, choose healthy snacks. I eat vegetables and fruits.
- Drink water. Room temperature water can help prevent overeating.
- Avoid working in the kitchen.
- Go for a walk, do exercises regularly. It helps you keep your veins healthy and body slim.
Getting too overwhelmed with tasks
When I had just started working from home, I did not have any boundaries between my work and my life. I was working all day long because I wanted to get all tasks done and be more productive. However, it turned out the wrong way. When I spent the rest of the day with my family, I still thought of remained tasks. Here are some tips to avoid this:
- Make a plan for the week to highlight important tasks to be done.
- Plan your workday properly so you can implement an exact number of tasks per day.
- Do not get distracted during working hours. Concentrate on work.
- Communicate with colleagues, because working together is more productive and interactive rather than working alone.
How to protect your data
Many companies have experienced data leaks this year. Due to the pandemic, our personal privacy is at risk. How well do you protect your data on your laptop while working from home? Do not believe you are immune because your company is small, and the niche you are working in is not popular. Hackers take advantage of unprotected companies. It is important to follow a few basic steps to keep data protected:
- Make your passwords complex.
- Keep your passwords in a safe place. There are apps to can help you with it, but writing them down also works.
- Run an antivirus program.
- Update all software: Every update has a solution to potential problems.
- Be aware of plugins.
Employee GPS tracking apps also can be dangerous due to access to your account or laptop. It is better to use ones with the best review from customers.
Loss of productivity
Working from home can sometimes promote procrastination. Here are some tips:
- Work in the morning. You are more energetic and more productive.
- Communicate with colleagues.
- Write a daily report.
Getting bored or depressed
When we spend the majority of our time at home, it can be very boring, especially if you are used to getting outside for the weekend. How can you stay positive and not get bored?
- Spend more time with your family members and not on social media.
- Read a book. Try to get into a book marathon. Competing with other readers will give you more motivation in reading more books than others.
- Find a fitness plan for two or three months, and monitor your results.
- Take up baking or cooking.
I have listed the disadvantages I have while working from home. However, we all have to find something positive in every situation. I have developed more self-discipline and patience these past few months. I hope you keep your day productive and spend more time with your families.