How Working From Home Works
How many of us grew up with parents who had to get up early to be able to make it to the office on time? Or how about the parents who had to get up SUPER early because of their long commute? Babies learn from observing the world and people around them. As they get older, that doesn’t really change. Growing up, we watched our parents put work first in order to provide us with a good life even if that meant causing themselves too much stress.
So, what did we learn from that?
Seeing the anxiety our parents were put under gave us the drive to want better for ourselves. It gave us the ambition to seek out a career that wouldn’t have negative repercussions on our personal lives. And part of the disdain our parents had for work seemed, to us, to be their commute.
Millennials are crafty. We’re innovative and always trying to find ways to be as efficient as possible. Which bring us to what most millennials consider a career miracle:
Working From Home
A common complaint about the workplace is usually the workplace itself! Many people feel that most workplaces are tense and unpleasant, which can have poor effects on the quality of their work. This is a major reason why working from home is such an attractive idea; being able to get work done from the comfort of an environment that they can actually control!
And we millennials are so savvy, aren’t we? Cutting our commuting costs completely by getting rid of the commute altogether! Not only would we not have to get up any earlier to catch the train, bus, or to beat traffic but, we won’t have to spend almost any time getting ready either! If you haven’t noticed yet, millennials are very keen on being comfortable and happy. But, not everything about working from home is all sunshine and daisies!
~ Time Management
Working from home teaches people to be self sufficient, to depend on themselves to work efficiently and to the best of their potential. Having the ability to operate out of your own house gives you the opportunity to get work done in a timely fashion. And this makes finishing work all the more satisfying!
~ Reduces Stress
Like I mentioned before, working from home cancels out the tense work environment. When asked if working from home has helped reduce stress and relieve anxiety in their professional life, most people will reply with a confident yes.
~ Self Motivating
A key element of working from home is that you are in charge of yourself. It is up to you to get your work done well and on time. Even if you do have higher-ups, in a way, you are your own boss. Completing tasks under this structure is fulfilling and truly motivational.
It is SO easy to lose focus when you work from home, especially if you’re new to it. It can be so tempting to take more breaks than you really need and put off doing “that one thing” because you’re bored. It’s definitely one of the bigger obstacles to a home-work life.
~ Does the Work Ever End?
Because you’re at home, it’s very easy to get caught up in a certain task or project until you lose track of time. When you blend your professional life and your personal life, you might stress yourself out all over again by feeling like you don’t have a personal life at all.
Tips for Working from Home:
~ Tip #1: Prioritize
Make a list of tasks from the most urgent to the least. This will help you get what’s most important out of the way and relieve any anxiety you might’ve caused by putting it off.
~ Tip #2: Schedule Breaks
Saying that you’ll just take a break when you get too tired or when you “need to”, might result in too many breaks during your work day. Think about that list you made earlier of your tasks for the day. Within that list, space out your first break after about an hour and a half of work. Maybe make yourself some coffee and head back to your workstation.
After another two and a half to three hours of work, take your lunch break! Try to only take between 30 minutes to an hour for lunch and then finish out the rest of your day! Limiting your break times will improve your amount of work you’re actually getting done. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
~ Tip #3: Separate Your Work Space From Your Living Space
One of the biggest problems that makes working from home difficult is when people fail to establish a designated work space in their home. Sometimes, working from home makes everyone imagine sitting on their laptops while laying in bed. Nope! BAD idea. Establishing a specific work area helps your brain know the differences between work and play.
~ Tip #4: When You’re Done, You’re Done
Turn off the computer, put away the papers and close shop. What needed to get done today, should have been done today. There’s always tomorrow to keep it up. This is the final step in separating work from life.
The most important thing to know about working from home is that you’re sincerely working. As long as you continue to treat it like a job, you’ll continue to work like it.
Do what you love and love what you do.