Since the pandemic first began just over two years ago, working remotely and working from home have become a lot more common. Many businesses now prefer their staff to work from home, rather than having them come to work in person. While there are loads of benefits associated with working from home, there are also some disadvantages.
One of the most common complaints voiced by people working from home is that they feel bored. Boredom is to be expected when you are working from home for long periods of time. Thankfully, there are some effective solutions for overcoming that boredom. This post will tell you what they are:
Coworking is becoming very popular among people that are working from home. It’s particularly popular in the Philippines. There are lots of coworking spaces found in Manila for example, the capital of the Philippines.
Coworking spaces aren’t just found there though, they can be found all over the world. Coworking spaces are a place where people that are working from home can get together and form a sort of office, where everyone works in each other’s presence while completing different tasks for different companies.
An alternative to a coworking space is a café. It’s very common for people who are working from home to go and sit in a café, working quietly amongst other people doing the same thing.
If you are interested in working in a public place, then visiting your local café is a very good idea. The downside to working in a café is that, unlike coworking spaces, there are no noise requirements. This means that people attending the café are able to make as much noise as they want, regardless of whether or not it disturbs you.
If you own your own company or work for a company that doesn’t ask a lot of you in terms of working hours, then you could become a digital nomad. A digital nomad is a person that travels the world, working as they go along.
If this is something that interests you but you do work for a company, it’s a good idea to ask your manager if this is something that they would be willing to accommodate. Really, as long as you get your work done there’s no reason for them to deny your request.
If you are going to work from home and won’t be able to attend co-working spaces, cafés, or travel the world, then planning your daily routine ahead of time is a good way to prevent boredom.
Planning ahead can give you things to look forward to, even if they are work-related tasks. You will be able to schedule your day one task at a time. Make sure to include lots of non-work-related tasks as well, so you have variation in your day. As the old proverb goes, variety is the spice of life.
During the work day, make sure that you take regular breaks. When you’re working from home, it’s a lot easier to take breaks from your work than it is when you are in an office and you have eyes watching everything that you do. With that said, when taking breaks make sure that you don’t start taking shortcuts at work and being generally lazy.
Your supervisors will be able to tell if there is a drop in the quality of your work, and they might then ask you to begin working from the office or may even consider letting you go (or at the very least disciplining you). Make sure to maintain frequent contact with your managers, also.
If you are surrounded by distractions, then it’s very easy to drift into boredom. For example, if you keep checking your phone and browsing social media, it’s natural to not want to be at work but to be outside with other people. In order to keep yourself focused and to allay any boredom, try to eliminate any and all distractions.
Make sure that you also tell your children and any family members that you live with to keep the noise down and to stay out of your way when you are working. It’s very common for family members to distract people when they are working.
If you have a backyard and it’s a nice day, why not go outside and work? This is a very effective way of keeping focused while breaking the monotony of one’s routine. If there is a lot of noise outside (such as if children are playing in the neighbour’s yard or there are lawnmowers going), then you should wait until these distractions have subsided.
Going outside can be very distracting if it’s not quiet and peaceful. If there are lots of distractions, then the best thing that you can do is to put earphones in and listen to music.
On the subject of listening to music, do you listen to music when you are working? A lot of people find that music helps them to get into a groove and focus on their work. This is especially true for people that are writing or filling out spreadsheets.
If you are having to actually communicate with people, then listening to music might be a bit distracting. When you are streaming music, make sure that you listen to something that’s smooth and not too loud. Heavy, loud music can be a distraction in and of itself.
Lastly, exercise is a good thing to take up during your lunch break. Exercise can improve your health, mentally and physically, and it can help to break down your day and make it less monotonous. When you exercise, hormones are released that improve your mood. This means that once you have finished exercising and returned to your desk, you will be in a much better mood and will be able to complete work more effectively.
A lot of people that work from home fail to exercise, which can be very bad for their health (especially if they are sitting in front of a computer for twelve hours a day without moving). Exercise can transform your life, making you healthier, more motivated, and happier.
If you are working from home, then it’s very likely that you are bored. It’s hard not to be when you are stuck at home all day every day. If you don’t try to turn your boredom around (and overcome it), then your performance at work could slacken, or you could find yourself hating your job.