Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic can leave some Americans feeling stir crazy.
Surveys are mixed on whether working from home is any more or less stressful than from the office or another work site.
A study by Mental Health America showed 3/4 of Americans believe working from home is less stressful.
But a study by the United Nations surveyed people in 15 countries, including the United States, and found 41% of people who worked from home called themselves "highly stressed," compared to just 25% of on-site workers.
The online magazine Work at Home Moms says staying organized and managing your time well can help alleviate stress while working from home.
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In a checklist of suggestions, the website suggests:
- Creating a "designated work space," especially if you currently have kids home from school, to avoid getting distracted
- Making a list to detail what you need to get done each day
- Identify your "peak hours," when you do your best work, and focus on scheduling your toughest task during those hours
- Screening your calls to prevent personal calls from friends or family getting you off-task and stressing you out
Going above and beyond to avoid unnecessary stress during your at-home workday will help workers stay fresh, productive and ready for the coming rebound.