In truth, I’ve been working from my home office for years as I run Stahl Recruiting. So, I was already somewhat normalized to the shelter-in-place coronavirus situation; no major deviation. However, this isn’t true for everyone. And working from home brings forth balancing issues distinctly separate from the office environment.
Maintaining continual focus throughout the day comes quickly to mind. It’s easy to get distracted by the home environment: spouse, kids, the lawn needs mowing, time for a haircut, wash the car, etc. An endless array of things to do and be distracted by. For those subject to that interloper, procrastination, it can be a tough battle.
A good methodology is setting designated break times throughout the day to, say, mow the lawn. In planning your scheduling, you’ll not feel guilty thinking you’re ‘slinking away’ or shirking your duties. Plus, it’ll provide a nice relief. A breath of fresh air, if you will.
A second issue encountered is the inverse: being tied to the home office non-stop; never escaping the tethering to office technology – it’s always at your fingertips. However, not stepping away can quickly lead to burn-out. Here again, setting structured time away is key. In so doing, you’ll quickly find the vast majority of work-related issues don’t necessitate immediate responses – they can wait until you’re ‘back in the office’ – just as customary.
As we adjust to the ‘new normal’ brought on by Covid-19, balancing skills will need to be developed. And, like most things in life, there’s plusses and minuses in working from home. Nicely, it allows more time with your family. And you get to skip the morning and afternoon traffic rushes. Heck, you can even show up to work in your oversized, pink fuzzy slippers – and nobody will be the wiser! The downside is that working from home can be ensnaring – so much so you believe you can never get away.
Working from home is akin to running a marathon versus a sprint. Take time to plan and structure family time and work time. Maintaining a balanced schedule will keep you both on track and away from becoming overwhelmed. And take a little time for a neighborhood walk or break out the bicycle from the garage – you’ll be glad you did!