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It’s 11am, you’re still in your pyjamas and you’ve spent more time staring out the window than getting through your emails. Sound familiar? Working from home can seem like a dream scenario – no commuting, no packed lunches, no ironing – but trying to maintain the same level of productivity you had in the workplace while quarantined at home could present a challenge.
According to Dr Tim Sharp – positive psychologist, founder of The Happiness Institute and Adjunct Professor of positive psychology at RMIT and UTS – some people will adapt better than others.
“We have different personalities and different working styles, so for some, working from home can be a fantastic and productive option,” Tim says. “That being said, it may well be difficult for those who really enjoy having other people around or for those who thrive under certain conditions, such as having the direction and reinforcement of others.”
Adjusting to working from home can also be a difficult transition if you’ve always regarded your home as your haven.
“‘Home’ has certain associations for many people,” Tim explains. “If we think of home as the place we rest and relax and have fun, then that might not be entirely conducive to productivity and working.”
You might also be juggling work tasks with supervising children’s homeschooling, which can impact on your ability to focus and maintain the same productivity levels you had in the workplace.
What works for you depends on your ideal work style, but Tim’s strategies should be helpful for most people.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety, distress and concern for many people, meaning that prioritising your mental health is even more important. With that said, Tim’s advice for maintaining mental wellbeing in these times is the same as it would be at any other time.
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