If you are among the many fortunate workers that are working from home through the COVID-19 crisis and have roommates, we put together a few tips that could help ease some tensions.
Pretend like you are going to the office. The mental association you make between work and an office can make you more productive. When working from home, do all the things you’d do to get ready for work: set your alarm, make coffee, get dressed, etc.
Choose a designated workspace. Instead of lounging on the couch with your laptop or setting up your desk on the kitchen table or other common-use space, designate an area that you and your roommate agree on to use for a workspace. Make sure it is a spot where you will actually be productive.
Structure your day like you would at work. Try to do the same projects that you would work on the in morning, take a lunch break, go outside for a few minutes and try to keep the same afternoon routine.
If you live in a small residence, try to schedule calls when you won’t disrupt your roommate. Obviously, if your roommate is sleeping in, because he/she may be out of work, schedule long calls for the afternoon if your calls can wait. Work flexible hours, if you can.
Most importantly, if you are using a common computer or other common-touched objects in the home, be sure to wipe them down with disinfectant often. If your roommate has sensitivities to commercially used cleaning agents, try some natural alternatives like white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
Stay safe and well!