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 youâre going to lay down your sword and succumb to the inevitable. Itâs 9:05am and youâve already checked your e-mail and watched eight cat videos. âJust one moreâ you said, but by lunchtime youâve 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; thatâs 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 thatâs food and television.
#1. Donât Have a Workspace
Yep, you heard me correctly: the more time you spend convincing yourself that your iPad needs updating or your desk chair isnât as âcushyâ as it used to be, the more time youâre 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 cafĂŠ without nothing but a laptop.