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Your work day at home can’t possibly be the same, and your routine will change. You will need time to figure out how to accommodate those changes, like remembering how to make coffee at home, or maybe how to stay away from the pantry during the day. Although having said that, make sure you remember to eat and keep hydrated as you won’t have the normal work rhythm.
There are all sorts of distractions that come into play so you will need to work through how you deal with those. You may need to set boundaries for others in your house – might be as simple as when your headphones are one, you’re at work.
You will also need to make some decisions about what to wear – if your organisation is already casual then no need to change. However some experts suggest that at least at the beginning, you should get dressed as if you were going into an office. It will help in giving some structure to your day, and you can go casual later, as you adjust to a new way of working.
And then there is the fact that might be by yourself which is a new experience in your working life. It’s important that you stay in touch with colleagues, friends and whanau even though it might only be through digital means – we know that staying connected to others is vital for your mental wellbeing. A number of the resources below have great tips to help with this isolation.