7 Tips to Be Happier Working from HomeNone By Emily Wise Miller
As companies go global and employees become virtual, more of us find ourselves working at home. Some find this is cause for celebration — no more commutes, cubicles or tepid coffee! But when you work from home, the responsibility is all on you. No one is clocking you in or out, or checking your work. You need to be self-motivated and highly organized.
Many people stuck in offices and cubicles disparage the home-office crowd as a bunch of layabouts pretending to work, but studies show that those who work from home may actually be more productive than their commuting counterparts.
1. Make Room
If you have a choice, put your desk somewhere other than your bedroom. You don’t want your brain’s work and sleep wires to get crossed. A dedicated room that can act as your home office is ideal, but even a nook or large closet can often do the trick.
2. Set a Schedule
When you work from home, it’s tempting to sleep late and then work until whenever, but this is not the path to productivity. Our brains like regularity, so set your alarm clock to get up at the same time every day (preferably early). Do some good exercise or meditation, and start the day with gusto. You might even want to take a walk around the block before you start working, not only for the exercise but also to create a mental demarcation between your home and work life.
3. Make Your Bed
This simple act may correlate with happiness, and it starts your day o