How To Efficiently Work From Home With Roommates

BY Teanna lu

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Due to the current pandemic, a large number of people working in a confined space is no longer allowed. Businesses are now functioning from the homes of their employees. Instead of working at an office with common co-workers, people are conducting their careers remotely. Not only are we working in a new environment but with people who may not understand how we like to perform work. This article will provide advice on how to get along with your household when working from home.

 

Create a Shared Work Calendar

This will be especially helpful if you are the only individual working from home. By setting guidelines and sharing your work times you are letting others know in advance to respect that you are on the clock. This may mean that you cannot be bothered or voices should be kept down. A calendar will help them take into consideration that you have to focus, take a work call, or conduct a video conference. This will also be helpful if your roommate is planning on having people over or setting up a virtual game night. You can plan accordingly to get things done early or not schedule important work events at that time. A shared work calendar will provide more discipline to certain tasks that will be happening on that day.

 

Respect A Shared Space

Your roommates will likely think because you are physically there in person, they can interrupt you by asking simple questions. 

You have to voice that there can be no distractions if you are the type of person that needs to dedicate their full attention towards work. Let them know that certain things can wait. Start by creating a list of does and don’ts when you are working from home. This will let others know from the start what kind of work ethic you follow.

 

Follow A Work Routine

An important thing to remember when working from home is that you should be following a similar routine. This means making small modifications as if you were physically going to work. Even though you are now in the comfort of your home, you should still be following things such as a work attire and meal prep. By doing this, you are setting the right environment. You are not creating a comfort zone that will make it harder for you to return back to work.

 

I hope these small tips and gestures were able to help you create a better work environment at home. We also have a previous article about how you can stay motivated during this time.  Let me know if there are other topics you would like for me to cover by emailing me at jen@jenauh.com. Look forward to hearing from you soon.