Working from home has become the new normal, at least for the time being, As people adjusted to working from home, some sacrifices and changes were made, and not all of them are positive. If you struggle with productivity while working from home then you have probably made some of these changes and they may have unfortunately become habits. Here are 8 bad habits you may have as a result of working from home and how you can change them.

  1. Wearing sweatpants or pajamas all-day – This may be comfortable but it actually reduces your level of productivity. You should try dressing up every single workday so that your brain feels as though you are going to work and thus prepares for the workday.
  1. Sacrificing Sleep – As a result of procrastination and poor time management, some people have begun working all night and sacrificing sleep to catch up on deadlines and due dates. This is not practical or effective. You need to rest and sleep to perform well.
  1. Working in bed – On days where there are no zoom meetings, some people spend the whole day in bed just staring at their computer screens. This is bad for you physically and mentally. First, your back may suffer from poor posture, and your brain won’t be able to distinguish between work time and rest time if you work where your brain is accustomed to resting.
  1. Staying indoors all day – Even in countries with extremely strict lockdown rules, there are allowances for people to go on walks and get some outdoor exercise. You should endeavor to go outside at least once a day for 15-30 minutes.
  1. Procrastination – Procrastination is a pre-pandemic problem however remote working has made it a lot harder to control. In the office, there is a sense of seriousness or just a level of productivity you’ll always achieve no matter what but this is hard to replicate when you’re working from home. Practice self-discipline, watch your screen time, and force yourself to focus for a set time before having a break. You can try out the Pomodoro technique.
  1. Multitasking – Not everyone can multitask. You’re much better off focusing on one task at a time. Instead of cooking, listening to a podcast, and catching up on work, focus on one task so that you don’t end up falling short in all three tasks.
  1. Socially distancing (disconnecting from people) – The term social distancing has been criticized by many experts who think the actual term that should have been used is “physical distancing.” Humans are social beings and we need social interactions. Don’t isolate yourself from your friends. You may not see them physically but you can call them, organize movie nights, and have group calls.
  1. Proper Hygiene – This is a very sensitive topic but it must be addressed. As a result of the circumstances, some of us may have fallen into depressive episodes or routines where we sacrifice sleep and slack off on hygiene due to the lack of social contact. If you fall into this category, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Set daily reminders to shower, brush your teeth immediately you wake up, and before you go to bed, and prepare healthy meals to nourish your body.