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Four Ways You Can Make Working From Home Feel Like An Office (And What You Should Really Do Instead)

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Welcome to the brave new world of remote working! To some this will feel very familiar, and for others, this may be a completely alien experience.

If that describes you, don’t worry, working from home can actually be identical to working in an office, here’s how. 

Pets Are Your New Coworkers

Yes, it’s absolutely vital you get your pets in on those zoom meetings and video chats, but there’s absolutely no reason you should stop there.

If you’re missing the camaraderie and structure of the office, why not try: 

  • Instead of asking a coworker to fetch you those documents, ask your dog to fetch what you need. Just be prepared to only get toys and treats from here on in. 
  • Missing the structure of being told where to go and what to do? Get a cat. Cats love dictating terms and soon you’ll be operating to a tight schedule.
  • If you miss working alongside someone — a hamster running on a wheel could be just the work companion you need for those sprints of productivity.

Replicate The Culinary Delights Of The Office 

For some, this new era of working from home may be the ideal time to finally turn to home cooking and baking as a hobby. But if you’re less than excited about joining the sourdough starter revolution — there may be a more authentic way forward.

  • Try leaving some fresh pastries on the countertop for a few days to get that disappointing stale croissant experience.
  • Throw out your new coffee machine, and replace it with a pot to brew up some watered down cups that you and your work from home colleagues can complain about.
  • Store your lunches in plastic tubs with different people’s names on them—now you can sneak food from fictional co-workers instead!

Turn Getting Up Into A Daily Commute 

Getting to and from work is a big part of our daily routine — but now that it involves nothing more than a short walk down a corridor to a different room, that has been taken away from us.

If you miss the crowds or the traffic, all you have to do is set up an Indiana Jones-esque obstacle course in your hallway, after you’ve stepped over traps and waited by the swinging pendulum, you’ll feel like you’ve just run the commuter gauntlet and finally made it to work.  

Dress For Success 

If there’s one thing no one can quite agree on when it comes to working from home etiquette — it’s the best way to dress.

With opinions varying from staying in your pajamas to keeping things business casual, and if you’re working alone, it probably won’t matter either way.

But, if there’s a few of you, if you have kids, or if you even have pets, why not institute a uniform policy — even if it’s just an excuse to put the cat in an adorable suit!  

Now For Some Real Advice 

As you can see — you can’t really replicate your normal routine. And, joking aside, that’s a huge part of what is daunting for so many people about these changes— the upending of normality.

This is why the best advice for working from home is as follows — find a new routine that works for you, and stick to it.

Some people are going to want regular distractions, and others are going to want a dedicated space to just get their heads down and keep working, but you’re going to need to figure out what works for you, not someone else.

After that, it’s all about taking things one day at a time, and you’ll soon find yourself settling into a pattern and feeling like you’re once again in control.