How to adjust to working from home


How to adjust to working from home

Leadership Tip of the week #113

adapted from HBR

When you aren’t accustomed to working remotely, it can be hard to adjust psychologically.

To make the transition, take a disciplined approach to managing your day and develop a few rituals.

  1. Schedule a start and an end time for work.
  2. Take a shower, get dressed — even if it’s not your usual office attire — then get started on the day’s activities. If you typically move around a lot at work, build that into your day by taking brief walks outside or even around the house.
  3. If you’re an extrovert and accustomed to a lot of social contact, make sure that still happens. Ask yourself: “How will I protect myself from feeling lonely or isolated?” and make a plan.
  4. Focus on the positives. Think about what you enjoy about working from home, for example, playing music or being more flexible with your time. Remind yourself that even if it’s not your choice right now, working from home can be fun.

This tip is adapted from 15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered,” by Tsedal Neeley

Author: Andrew Mann

Managing Partner at NorthBailey. Having had senior marketing & insight roles at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Coop and M&S, I'm now using my experience & network to solve strategic marketing problems for NorthBailey clients

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