Why are some people better at working from home than others?
When work and personal activities are occurring in the same space, there are no cues for you to behave the way you do at work while you are outside your physical office.
Those who work well from home create boundaries in a work-life world without them. Then, once these parameters are established, people who commit fewer ‘boundary violations’ are better off.
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Extroverts thrive in an energetic and frenetic work environment filled with people. Peace, quietness and solitude, while being an introvert’s dream, can drive an extrovert into distraction.
There are many ways for extroverts to enjoy and thrive on the new reality of remote working.
An informal daily huddle where everyone is face-to-face in a virtual meeting, holding a fresh cup of coffee is a great way to start the day with purpose and energy. It requires everyone to wake up early, get dressed and make a cup of coffee.
A morning routine is great for productivity too.
Infusing music and dance in your breaks can add a sense of pleasure in the otherwise dull and drab routine, enhancing the immediate virtual surrounding of the extroverts.
Working from home does not necessarily mean we are enjoying life and can’t be in stress. Work can feel dull and monotonous as there is comparatively less movement or change of scenery.
With most interactions becoming virtual, one can feel trapped in this scenario with nothing to look forward to.
Burnout is experienced in a different shade at home, where the symptoms tend to be tiredness, confusion, forgetfulness, frustration and anger. As the mood starts to dip slowly, the mind reaches a low state, from which it is hard to climb back.
Taking a vacation is a great idea, to begin with, even if you don’t really go anywhere. The idea is to take a break from your work.
Design your days around your work. Yes, there are other important things you have to take into consideration, but keeping your eyes your work signals that you are committed to getting your work done no matter what.
You can wear whatever you want, you can work from the couch, you can work at 2 AM or 6 PM, using any type of app you like.
If you start making mistakes and you feel dizzy after working a certain number of hours, don't overdo it.
This is a sensitive topic if you have a boss, but observe the number of hours you are functioning the best. If you have 7 hours of productive work in you per day, use them. But if your battery runs out after 5 hours, call it a day.
Experiment with them and find which one better suits you.
Create your own system for working from home. What works for other people might not work for you.