With the way has 2020 panned out, ‘work-from-office’ is no longer the norm. The pandemic took us for a toss and as much as most people have acclimated themselves to work-from-home, it still is tricky to get right.

One would imagine that working-from-home is a stress-free and easy option when compared to the daily battle we wage with rush hour traffic and sitting at a desk for 8 hours straight. However, this was not the case for many. According to a recent survey, most office workers have called 2020 their most stressful work year.

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There are several measures you can take to make work-from-home as easy as possible.

Invest in a workspace

If you think you can simply work on the bed; you can’t be more wrong. Besides just being uncomfortable, working where you typically relax also puts you in the wrong mindset. It is impossible to sustain productive work if you can’t find someplace proper to do it. Get a small desk and put it by the window. Being near natural light reduces strain on your eyes, thus making you physically more comfortable. If it’s within your budget, invest in a proper work-chair, your back will thank you later.

Use a good work app

Being remote means you will probably be forced into a lot more team meetings. Your team needs to stay on track. This becomes harder to do when you are all geographically spread. A good solution to this is a work productivity app like Clariti. Clariti combines emails, chats, calls, documents, and to-dos in a smart way that makes work easier. Users get to decide for themselves what items belong in which thread, making the workflow suited to a specific person. Clariti’s Connected Apps keeps context in mind when arranging your conversations.

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Identify the time of day you work best

A nice advantage to work-from-home is that you are, to some extent, allowed to set your schedule. Depending on your job and the company you work for, they will only expect you to work for a stipulated amount of time. Some people may be their most productive early morning, so it makes sense for them to be allowed to work at that time. This will also ease a lot of stress for employees who may have to tend to children, who are also stuck at home.

Take mental health breaks

The pandemic has been hard on everyone and it is easy to get in a rut when all you’re doing is mundane tasks without proper breaks. In the pre-pandemic era, Americans took over 2 billion domestic trips, 80% of which was for leisure. However, in 2020, 70% of Americans skipped their yearly vacations. Over time, the feeling of being stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’ takes a toll on your mental health, and thus, your work productivity. So even if you can’t take long vacations as you did in the past, at least take a day off to drive someplace quaint and enjoy nature.

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Plan your work

You’ve probably heard this a lot, but I’ll say it again. It is essential to plan out your day and week before you get started. This will ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed with your work as it’s already structured. Further, this will also help you be more productive, meaning your mental health also doesn’t suffer. You can use Clariti’s smart to-do feature to plan your work in the way you understand it.

Working-from-home doesn’t have to be challenging. Just ensure that you’re following best practices and you’ll be good to go!

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