How to Balance Work From Home

21 August, 2021
Q Do you have any advice on how to manage my time from home office?

I have never worked from home….I still try to have some schedule for my day, but its much harder than from the office.

Any tips?

Answer


In this counseling answer:

Find an easy transition from your actual work place to working at home.

Imagine that you are still working in the physical building where you usually are.

Keep your regular schedule and habits that you did when you went to your physical workplace.

Keep your regular schedule and habits that you did when you went to your physical workplace.



As salamu alaykum,

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Managing your time from your home office may become simpler if you imagine that you are at your actual office, with your boss present.

By looking at your situation from this perspective, it may force you to have a stricter schedule and not deviate as much.

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Working From Home

When working from home one must be very disciplined because it can be so easy to get off track.

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If you wake up every morning and follow your same routine that you did when you went to work at your office outside of your home, you may experience more success.

Tips for Transition

To help with the transition, this would include starting your morning routine a you normally would.

Perhaps taking a shower, getting dressed, or however your morning routine was. Do not change it.

While it may be tempting to stay in your pajamas and work or throw on comfy clothes, the psychological effect of putting on work clothes can change things.

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Setting up your Work Space

Set up an office space that is away from distractions, and develop a time schedule. Block out your time during the day for each task that you need to do for work.

You may wish to draw up a schedule and create a poster board of your tasks to put by your work space. Be sure to add in a lunch break.

If you Feel Unfocused

If you feel the urge to get up and do something else, or are generally unfocused, imagine that you are in your office and your work boss is right around the corner.

As the days go by this should get easier to do and you will become more disciplined in your work habits.

While working, please do realize that yes, this is your same job, only in a different location.

Staying Connected

You may wish to call other co-workers who are working from home too when on you are on your break in order to get tips from them.

As I do not know the industry you are in, they may have some more specific tips which would aid you in your transition.

Conclusion

As many struggle to find an easy transition from their actual work job place to working at home, it can be done. There are adjustments to be made which require dedication and determination. 

By imagining that you are still working in the physical building where you usually are, will greatly help in this transition.

Keeping your regular schedule and habits that you did when you went to your physical workplace will also help.

Developing a poster board with a schedule of your work tasks and hang it by your desk will aid greatly. We wish you the best.

salam,

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