How to Focus When You're Working from Home All Summer

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Working from home has become the new normal for many workers around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, people are making big daily adjustments that may include juggling childcare while calling into meetings, changing-up morning routines, finding gym alternatives for exercise, and more. 

While workplaces are assessing how and when they can safely reopen, many will be working from home indefinitely. But being indoors in front of a computer screen can be particularly difficult if the summertime sunshine is calling your name. 

So, how do you concentrate during July and August and maintain a work-life balance when you're limited to your home? We’ve gathered some tips to help those working through the summer.

Have a Home 'Office'

Having a separate space designated solely for working can help create a necessary divide between home and work life — even if that space is just a surface in your living room, kitchen, or elsewhere in your home. Any area with good lighting qualifies as a home office, as far as we’re concerned. Use that space for just work and go elsewhere during your “off” hours.

Be Communicative

Talking to your boss and your colleagues can impact your workflow and mental healthIf your organization uses messaging apps, use them often. It’ll help the day move along and keep you working more constructively. Having daily conversations about what you need, or what you’re working on, will keep you connected, even while far apart.

Take Outside Breaks

The best part of working from home in the summertime? You can go for a walk in your neighborhood on your lunch break. Carving out time for outdoor activity in the sunshine can help you recharge when you get into an afternoon lull. We also recommend — if you have the space — taking your laptop to your yard or balcony and working from the great outdoors.

Tags: Self Care, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Working From Home

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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