Learn some tips for working from home. Each generation is approaching the new “working situation” a bit differently.
My first job out of college back in 1993 was a little company called Quaker Oats. I was really excited to get this job but I was more excited to see the office space. I thought it’s going to be a big shiny building downtown. I’ll drive to work every day, maybe find someone to carpool with. I’ll wear professional clothes every day and my co-workers and I will go out for lunch.
Then… the hiring manager told me that in this job I’ll be working from home. In fact, the entire team worked from home! I thought “Who does that? I mean this is the early 90’s! Working from home was considered voodoo science.”
Now 25 plus years later, I still work from home! I love it and I don’t work for Quaker Oats anymore. But I love working from home.
Even today, some people are essential workers and are leaving their homes to go to work, but the majority of us are now working from home. According to White Pulse, greater than 60 percent of millennials are working from home.
Which Generation Likes Working from Home the Most?
Babyboomers? Gen Xers? Millennials? Gen z?
That’s my generation. People born between 1965 and 1980. We’re built for this! We were the latchkey kid generation. We’ve been working from home since day one. 50 percent of Gen Z and Millennials report they find it harder to avoid distractions while working from home.
This was true for me, especially when I first started working from home and started my business as a speaker. I would often allow myself to become distracted with personal projects like reorganizing my closet, emptying the dishwasher, cleaning out the laundry room… etc, because I felt a sense of satisfaction i got from getting something done.
The problem was I just avoided work projects that needed to be completed. I learned to ask myself if I worked a traditional job in an office, is this a task that I’d be doing during working hours? If the answer was NO, that meant I needed to stop what I was doing and get back on the projects that needed to be completed.
Tips on How to Make Working from Home Work
I have conducted a non-scientific multi-generational survey and asked for some tips on how to make working from home work, especially if this is a new experience for you.
So, the number one suggestion was to set up a designated space to work. I totally agree. For many years, I sort of worked from the dining room table. And sometimes I worked at a desk in my bedroom. I found myself becoming much more productive, once I had a designated space to work.
The second suggestion was to shower and get dressed for work, just like you’d get dressed to go into the office. I don’t relate to that one at all, as the benefit of working from home is that you don’t have to get dressed professionally. Everybody’s a little bit different. Do what works best for you.
The third suggestion is that you have to allow yourself some time for breaks. Get up and move around. Force yourself out of your workspace. My dogs do this for me. They let me know when it’s time for me to take a break.
Give Yourself Some Slack
If you don’t have dogs, make sure you are getting up and moving around. Take a walk with a friend. Give yourself some slack if you woke up at three in the morning because you couldn’t sleep. You opened up your computer and got some work done. Allow yourself a longer lunch hour. Allow yourself to quit work early during this uncertain time.
You don’t want work to take over your life. Remember your friends, your family, they are still out there waiting for the day they can connect with you. Even though we are still all wearing masks, keep on smiling because people see it in your eyes and they feel it in your heart.