I saw a few questions on WFH today. I had written this a few days back as a comment on a different post about WFH. I pulled it up to a post today since I believe it would help a few of us.
I have worked from home for four years before this pandemic started. It was long learning journey for me. In those days, there were very few people 100% working from home. Hence, there were very few resources to learn from. Here are a few things that I learned along the way:
1. Having standard working hours and communicating the same with the team. I did get called a few times outside hours but since I had communicated it with the team it was minimal.
2. Writing down my goals for the day first thing in the morning and sticking to them.
3. Having a routine for my day. This was very tough initially since I had a baby at home. But once my daughter started sleeping through the night, I tried to have a routine for everyone at home as well.
4. Having a social life outside of office. I would call some of my family/friends regularly to have light conversations that I was missing at work. I put in real effort to make new friends in the location I had moved to.
5. Pursuing hobbies. I re-invented my childhood activities and started pursuing hobbies to make up for my limited social interaction.
6. Taking days off whenever I felt there was burn. Taking more care of my mental health and being more aware of my needs as much as my family's.
7. Having a good home office setup and investing in the same. Making sure that the posture I was using was as comfortable as possible.
8. Taking a few breaks once in a while.
It is very important as women that we are aware of our needs and take time to take care of ourselves as well.