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Tips for Working from Home—Without Losing Your Mind

Millions of people worldwide are now working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Working from home during a circumstance as scary and as strange as this one presents a whole new set of challenges, whether homeschooling children while working, or the loneliness of working without real-life coworkers.

If you are frequently un-showered and wearing pajamas until 3 p.m., know you’re not alone. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of it.


1. Exercise during your would-be commute.

Working from home is a gravitational pull toward sloth-like behavior, but getting a sweat in, even if briefly, starts the day on a more energetic note. Seize the time in the morning that you’d normally spend getting to the office and do a home workout class (the Peloton app has yoga, strength, and bootcamp classes that stream to your TV, no pricey bike required) or get outside for a jog or walk (provided you’re not quarantined). If you're really not a morning person, try to squeeze in even a 20-minute remote workout around lunchtime or after you wrap for the day: Endorphins can make all the difference in this bleak time.


2. Shower and change your clothes.

This may seem only obvious and hygienic, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to convince oneself that it’s better to just jump right into work first thing, than to take even a short amount of time to bathe. Note: I am not suggesting that putting on a “real outfit” or “jeans” is a must, but even a swap from last night’s PJ’s to athleisure at some point in the day goes a long way to making you feel like a functioning adult.


3. Make time for real friends.

The loneliness of working from home is perhaps the hardest part. Join the office's virtual Zoom happy hours or schedule old-school phone chats with friends and family to stay connected. They can really do the trick for boosting your mood.


4. Log out of Twitter or your preferred social media.

There’s nothing and no one stopping you from near-constant social media scanning while working from home, but temporarily signing out has a chastening effect: Instead of clicking right in to an endless stream of content, you’re greeted with a log-in screen, and reminded that you’re supposed to be doing work, not refreshing the New York Times homepage again or looking at your third-grade best friend’s photos on Instagram.


5. Strategize with your new “colleagues.”

Working from home, alongside a partner who is also working from home, plus taking care of and/or homeschooling your child/children—is not easy. This is an incomprehensible situation and all you can do is your best. But in an effort to limit the household stress and anxiety level and be efficient as possible, strategize with a morning meeting of sorts. Look at the work calendars, identify important calls or Zoom meetings and virtual school sessions, and try to come up with a plan of attack, blocking out who needs to work, and do schoolwork, when.


6. Don’t become Cinderella.

Spending all day at home, you suddenly realize just how many chores and projects await: dishwashers need unloading, messy drawers demand organizing, kids’ toys are strewn about. It is good to do a quick straightening-up in the morning so you’re not working amidst a sty but try not to let too much housework seep into work-work hours. It’s just a noble form of distraction and procrastination.


7. Set boundaries.

You may find that other people who work in conventional job settings have a tendency to believe that “working from home” means “not working at all,” and will call or text you at random with questions/concerns/rants, etc. A polite “I’ll be working until 5 and can chat later!” or “Call you back on my lunch break” usually works. The same goes for your outlook on the workday: Try not to let working from home mean working all day and night. This is not the time to completely burn out.


8. Beware of idle snacking.

Overeating a constant stream of fun size Halloween/Valentine’s Day/Easter candy is a longtime occupational hazard of working from home. Eating and snacking are essential, but it's hard to avoid the temptation for eight hours straight. Stocking healthy snacks will help.


9. Make yourself a decadent lunch.

It's okay if, some days, there's only time for peanut butter on a spoon. The work-from-home vortex can mean coming to at 2p.m. and realizing you never ate lunch. Try to take a lunch break, for both sustenance and sanity—to make myself a proper lunch. You deserve it.


10. Be kind to yourself.

If there were ever a time for this slightly cheesy mantra, this is it. Remember you're not simply working from home—as many have noted, you're working from home in the middle of a global health crisis. The new work win may be that you simply get through the day doing the best you can.



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Millions of people worldwide are now working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Working from home during a circumstance as scary and as strange as this one presents a whole new set of challenges, whether homeschooling children while working, or the loneliness of working without real-life coworkers.