Telecommuting: 4 Tips to Help You Feel More Productive & Less Lonely by Kelliann Delegro
Working remotely, telecommuting, virtual employee. Whatever you call it, it’s more common than ever for companies to allow alternative work arrangements outside the office. Since recently moving to a new city with no close friends or family nearby, my non-virtual interactions for the day are sometimes with my dog until my husband arrives home from work. Loneliness can creep its way in, but I’ve found some ways to make my days feel more productive. Hopefully these tips will work for you as well:
- Wake up early and use that time to get a few household chores done like walking the dog, washing dishes or running to the grocery store before starting your work day.
- You may not need a full outfit, but do your regular morning routine as though you are leaving the house: wash your face, brush your teeth, put on a fresh shirt. Seems simple, but it’s so easy to get caught up in the day and forget.
- Use breaks to run errands or grab some lunch. Get small tasks done or visit a new cafe or lunch spot you have been wanting to try.
- Connect with family and friends. Not having a commute gives you time back in your day, and checking in with loved ones will brighten your mood.