Author: Lisa Lozeau, Agent Acquisition and Onboarding
If you work from home, you’ve probably seen dozens of articles about how to work from home with kids during summer vacation. These focus on keeping the kids busy while you get some quiet time in your home office, but life is about more than that. Summer is traditionally a time to relax, enjoy the nice weather, get your toes in the sand, feel the wind in your hair, and recharge before the cooler weather sets in.
So whether you have kids or not, try these tips to help you make the most of working from home this summer.
- Create a summer office. A few small changes can make your office feel more summery and help you enjoy the season. Try putting your desk by a window where you can enjoy a summer breeze or just open the curtains to let in more natural light. Change up your décor to include bright, warm summer colors. Remind yourself of summer trips by scattering seashells on a shelf, or bring summer inside with a vase of fresh wild flowers.
- Go for a walk. Take advantage of the longer days (and the time you save by not commuting) to go for a morning walk, even if it’s just to a quiet spot outside where you can sip your coffee. Bonus benefit: A Study by Northwestern University School of Medicine found that getting more sunlight in the morning might help with weight loss.
- Schedule in some fun time. Summer is less than 100 days long and they go by fast. Don’t just say you’ll find time for fun activities, pick dates and put them on the calendar. If your schedule is flexible, plan longer days early in the week and then take an afternoon off to putter around the yard or relax with a book and a glass of lemonade.
- Take your breaks outside. Get up and stretch on the patio, water the flowers, have a snack on the porch, see what your kids are up to. You’ll appreciate summer more if you get outside every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.
- Tighten up your work-life boundaries. Checking emails, taking a late call, skipping a day off? We all do it sometimes. When your office is at home it can be easy to blur the line between when you work and personal time. Summer is a good time to tighten up those boundaries.
- Unplug. Did you know millennials are more likely to unplug on vacation than older colleagues, according to a study by Intel Security? Take a que from the younger generation and leave your gadgets behind whether it’s for a few hours or a few days.
And here’s a bonus tip: Look for work that fits your lifestyle. LiveOps independent call center agents enjoy flexible scheduling that fits their busy lives. Every agent has a different story and a different schedule that works for them. Learn more about why people are joining the LiveOps Nation.