Working from home is an everyday war. On the other side of the battlefield, the internet leers back with a calm expression, because it knows that youâ€™re going to lay down your sword and succumb to the inevitable. Itâ€™s 9:05am and youâ€™ve already checked your e-mail and watched eight cat videos. â€śJust one moreâ€ť you said, but by lunchtime youâ€™ve ordered Chinese and watched an entire season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Once again, the internet has won.
Stress: Where It All Goes Downhill
We will always be subjected to emotional and mental stress as long as we are working; thatâ€™s simply the way of things. We worry about money, time-keeping, irritable clients, tax returns and so on. 75% of us will experience varying levels of stress at any moment in time, and the biological response to that is to run away to our comfort zone. For me thatâ€™s food and television.
#1. Donâ€™t Have a Workspace
Yep, you heard me correctly: the more time you spend convincing yourself that your iPad needs updating or your desk chair isnâ€™t as â€ścushyâ€ť as it used to be, the more time youâ€™re wasting. Apps and hardware can be distracting â€” consider eliminating some (air-quote) dependencies in your workspace, or better yet, see how you do without any equipment at all. If your work is very hands-on, then fair enough, but if your work is completely digital, then spend a few hours in a local cafĂ© without nothing but a laptop.