How to Make Working At Home Work
If we have learned anything through the pandemic, it's that most jobs can be done at home. The world has adjusted to a “new normal,” and I don’t think we are ever going back.
New opportunities with remote work
In more ways than one, this is a great thing! When it comes to working especially, those of us with disabilities are going to have better opportunities at an accessible job, opening up a whole new world for us. Remote jobs are the new fad, as well as rush hour traffic all hours of the day.
Things that work well for me
To keep a job at home and avoid the 9-5 life, I’ve found some things that work well for me. These include, but are not limited to, working from my cell, utilizing my laptop, buying a headset that makes my hands free, and using my desk and table that I have raised up with cinder blocks.
I also have bought an adjustable table so it could meet the proper height that I need to type efficiently. In addition, it helps tremendously to have extra hands around, to push my computer closer to me if need be, or take off my headset when it’s getting uncomfortable.
Working efficiently and productively from home
I want to encourage you today that working from home is completely, totally, 100% doable! You don’t have to have it all figured out right away either. A lot of people learn as they go, getting a feel for what they need while working at home to do so efficiently and productively.
I also highly recommend taking little 5 minute breaks. The more hours you are staring at your computer screen, the less time you are actually spending maximizing your productivity.
Always focus on health first
If you do your work in large increments with a little bit of leeway time in between, you are likely to stay better-focused, refreshed, and on track. The alternative is trying to get everything done in 8 hours without taking a lunch break and trust me, I’ve tried this.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in a million and one distractions, and it’s also not healthy to skip lunch, no matter how important the work may be. The work will always be there, but your health must be maintained.
Is self advocacy a part of your daily life?