In the increasingly frequent, and occasionally baffling, updates from the government, it’s become clear that the advice for the foreseeable future is to work from home if you can… which could last for 6 months.
For some of the people I work with, working from home is a dream. No traffic. No noisy office. Fresh lunch. Rooms at a temperature they control (not the officious air conditioning unit). No random armpit to be jammed into on the train, tram or tube.
But many find it really hard. They describe a lack of demarcation between the working day and ‘home time’ and a lack of thinking time.
Thanks to great broadband and portable devices we don’t have to be away from emails for any length of time… but that’s been the case for a while now so what is it about increased working from home that’s creating these issues?
If this is where you are, you’re not alone. But it’s not a healthy place to be longer term.
If you are working from home, try booking a 30 minute ‘commute’ slot in your diary at the end of the day. And stick to it!
Do the things the normal commute might give you, for example:
If you are actually commuting, think about what you're using the time for and how you give yourself the best transition between work and home time.
So how are you going to commute like a boss?