Subj: Overcoming Your Biggest Work From Home Challenges
Working from home isnâ€™t easy. But neither is starting a new job in an office. Before we get into overcoming your biggest work from home challenges, I want to ask you to give yourself some grace. Challenges pop up for a variety of different reasons. Maybe youâ€™re new to this WFH thing. Maybe something has changed with your work or in your home. Cut yourself some slack as you adjust to new circumstances.
When your challenges arenâ€™t simply a matter of getting used to something new, or establishing a new routine, itâ€™s time to put some effort into making things better. This is a process and depending on the issue, it may take some time. Be patient with yourself and donâ€™t give up when the first thing you try doesnâ€™t work. Persistence will pay off in the long run.
Start by identifying the problem. Do you feel frustrated because someone is interrupting you anytime you get into the flow? Are you spending too much time hunting down the one piece of paper or information you need to complete the job? Or maybe you canâ€™t hear yourself think over the noise of your partner’s zoom calls, the childrenâ€™s school lesson, or whatever is playing on the TV in the family room?
Once you have the problem identified, think about possible solutions. When noise is a problem, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones can do wonders. If interruptions are driving you nuts, find a room with a door you can close (and even lock) to work in. Or maybe you can get a good chunk of your workday out of the way before everyone else wakes up or goes to sleep. If youâ€™re spending too much time looking for things, spend some time organizing your home office space and invest in a good cabinet for keeping things handy.
Stick with it. Try different solutions. Ask other people who work from home for advice. Thereâ€™s a solution for any work at home problem out there.