7 Mistakes You Should Avoid Making While Working From Home

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

A significant change we have experienced in our work life due to the pandemic is the transition from work-from-office to work-from-home. While it was a temporary change for some, others have adapted to the lifestyle change and switched to it permanently. But for those who are yet to tune in to this new lifestyle, the struggle is real! Imagine having to do all your office work at home while also managing your house chores and the kids. So if you have turned to the internet to help you, you are at the right place. In this article, we have mentioned some common mistakes to avoid that will help you work from home comfortably and efficiently. Read on!

1. Not Wearing Your Work Clothes

Not Wearing Your Work Clothes
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Even if we spend the entire day at home, our brains still benefit from dressing differently for work and home. This doesn’t mean you have to put on a suit and tie every day (though if that’s how you feel most productive, go for it), but having a few different outfits for when you’re “at work” may be a great mental boost.

2. Not Following A Proper Schedule

Not Following A Proper Schedule
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Nutrition, rest, and exercise are essential to our health and success. Since there is no one to supervise you to make you work at the office hours, it might derail your schedule when you work from home. So, if you’re going to be your own boss, you may as well do it in a way that’s good for your health and gives you access to the advantages of flexible working hours.

3. Not Being Able To Say No To House Chores

Not Being Able To Say No To House Chores
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Tell your loved ones that you must attend to your responsibilities as an adult in the same way that they must attend to theirs. Changing your work schedule may be more convenient, especially if you aren’t required to be on call from 9 to 5, but missing deadlines isn’t good for your work, and neither is working late into the night or during the weekend.

4. Mixing Work And Leisure Time

Mixing Work And Leisure Time
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It is your responsibility to separate your professional and personal life when working from home. Avoid the temptation to open your emails or do whatever number of tasks during your “me” time by making it a habit to put all work-related thoughts out of your mind before you leave your desk. Even if you’re your own boss, it should not be difficult to separate your work life from your personal life.

5. Neglecting Fitness

Neglecting Fitness
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Sometimes you may get so engrossed in your work that hours may pass before you remember that you haven’t moved from your chair. Of course, your backache will remind you, but it’s already too late by then. Make sure you take strolls like you would have during office hours and some small breaks for juice or snack since you can try healthy food at home.

6. Getting Into A Monotonous Routine

Getting Into A Monotonous Routine
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You know you have to get out of the house more often if you want to broaden your horizons and learn new things. If you spend each day in the same area of the house where you work, watch TV, text with pals, and occasionally even eat, you will get bored! Therefore, you must go out of the house and engage in activities that are neither work-related nor essential to your existence (such as grocery shopping). Do something somewhat different every day to keep your mind from becoming stale and open up fresh avenues for personal development.

7. Not Having Face-To-Face Interaction

Not Having Face-To-Face Interaction
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For those who don’t want constant human contact, working from home might be a fantastic option. But, let’s be honest, it may feel lonely staying home alone all day. Even if you have the chance to talk to your coworkers online at some point during the day, it’s not the same as having a casual discussion with them over coffee. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to engage with other people; doing so would be detrimental to your mental health. When it pertains to communication, everyone has various requirements, so it’s important to pay attention to what works best for you. There’s no shame in keeping a solitary conversation a week if it makes you feel good. But if you discover that you’re becoming alone and unhappy, or that your sense of self-worth is eroding, you must find ways to reach out to others.

Also, it is important to set up a tidy workspace with all the supplies you’ll need close at hand. No amount of trying to keep everything you need for work in one place on the kitchen table or the thought of having to clean it every morning and evening will inspire you to get to work. It might also be entertaining to sometimes conduct work in unusual locations, both within and outside the home. But if you have your own workstation, you can establish a routine and feel more in control of your workday. Have you ever done remote work? What did you do wrong, and how can you learn to function in this new way? Let us know in the comments section!

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