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WFH While Living With Family

By: Mariah Rogers
Apr 23, 2020 • 4 min read

Your WFH Survival Guide

COVID has led many of us into the world of remote work. This can mean endless video calls, emails, and navigating the distractions that come from living with your family. If you are accustomed to a quiet office environment or a more formal culture at work, this can be a significant transition. This is especially true if you are a college student or just someone who has not lived at home in a while. Adjusting your work life back to the room you lived in during high school was not exactly planned, but you’ve got this. Here is how to work from home when your family is living under the same roof.

Communicate With Family Often

If you have an extended biology lecture or an important video conference with coworkers, let the people you are living with know that you will be busy for a while. This will avoid sudden outbursts of anger and frustration when family barges into your room or office space while you are on a call. It could also save yourself from embarrassment when you have to explain why your father/wife/significant other comes in to yell at you about doing the dishes. Communicate and make time to let others know the specifics of your schedule. It will help ease the tension and give you peace of mind to focus on your tasks.

When Living With Family, Make Time For Them

Although you are busy with working remotely and trying to implement productivity into your new online life, it is vital to make time for family. As unsettling as the circumstances are, take time to appreciate parents, siblings, and kids by finding activities to do together when you are not working. Some examples include going for walks outside (wearing a mask of course!), playing with the family dog, going for a drive, baking something new, or watching a movie. The time spent together will bring you closer and make the time at home more enjoyable.

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Get Out of The House

Every now and then, take some time to get out of the house while still observing proper social distancing rules. Taking time for yourself to be away from your computer can make you more productive when you return home. Go for a jog, walk your dog, clean off your car in the driveway, or plant some flowers outside. Putting yourself first and getting out of the house can help your days feel more regular, and ensure your mental health stays strong.

Be Open with Coworkers about Living With Family

Chances are, you are not the only one working from home and living with family. Let your coworkers know about your situation, make them aware of possible distractions during calls, and keep it real with them. Seeking support from colleagues is encouraged. See how others are managing and coping with this challenging time and work together to brainstorm solutions for your team. Sharing and receiving helpful tips and tricks during this time is hugely beneficial.


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Give Others Their Own Space

Just as you need your own space to focus on work and get things done, your family want the same as well. Be mindful that even if others in your home are not working, they may desire their own personal space as they navigate this tricky time. Build your own home office space that is sacred for doing focused work. Wondering how to do that? Check out our blog here on how to build your dream home office. Don’t sweat the small stuff during this time, you are doing the best you can! As for your family, if you give them respect as they go about their days, they will provide the same to you.

What have you been doing to stay sane and productive while working from home? Let us know!


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