If you’ve been virtual this entire summer (and possibly this entire year), WFH might be getting to you. It’s okay, remember that you are not alone. To refresh and rediscover the benefits of WFH, you may need to reevaluate your space, move things around, or disconnect from the stress of work. Here are some tips on how to make your WFH set up a little more comfortable after you’ve been working for a while.
- Do your best to separate your work and living space, even if you have to get creative. Throw a blanket, sheet, or hide the space when you’re done with work. Some professionals swear by throwing their work laptop in a closet to not see it and not be tempted to answer work emails after work hours. Since interns typically have to give back equipment and since a desk is usually hard to stuff into a closet, covering your space up with a blanket or sheet after you are done with work may help, on a subconscious level, you forget about the stress of interning and separate work from home.
- Put things that make you happy up around your space. This can be photographs, trinkets, plants, really anything that can make you smile or distract you if you get stressed at “the office.”
- Move your space. Sometimes, the true key is a change of scenery and if you have the ability to move your desk and work area, you should take advantage of it during the middle of your internship to freshen things up and maybe experience new lighting!
- Start taking your break(s). A lot of interns start off strong and try not to take breaks, even if they’re allowed to. If your employer allows or encourages you to take breaks, definitely take advantage of these to help your work from home blues.
- Schedule after-work virtual events! It’s true, fun things can be done over Zoom! See if your co-workers or fellow interns want to chat virtually after work. You may not want to do this frequently, as it takes up time and you might just want to be off of work, but sometimes, having some social interaction can make working from home feel a little more real and exciting. It is worth looking into!