Moving can be an exciting moment in someone's life. But whether you are moving down the street or changing cities altogether, the process may take you away from your daily routine and work obligations. That, in turn, can cause stress and a series of unwanted concerns. But the good news is that with some planning, you can stay on top of your workload or even get ahead.
Cover your clutter:
Your mind works by association, so if you find yourself working from a messy place, you'll automatically split your focus between what you are supposed to be doing and what you could do instead (cleaning, packing, unpacking, and organizing.) In this case, the saying "out of sight, out of mind" fits perfectly. So carve out a small corner of the house where you can't see the chaos and remain there until you complete your most important work. If you don't have a dedicated work area without clutter, sit facing the wall, and keep that one desk organized.
Use a storage facility:
If the move is taking longer than you expected, consider storing the packed boxes away in the basement or stacking them out of sight for the time being. If your home doesn't have much extra space, it may make sense to use a storage facility right away. You may want to avoid moving your belonging twice, but with some professional help, you'll be able to unclutter your living area enough to be productive and more than make up for the extra time spent organizing.
Work early in the morning:
If your cluttered spaces are overwhelming you, waking up early and working is the best way to stay in the zone. Working from 5 am to 8 am will give you a full half day of work before the world wakes up. There is no work calls to answer, no social media tags to check out, and best of all, your friends and family are sleeping, so you can just do the work. On top of that, if you keep the lights off and only use your screen light, your brain won't even register the clutter around you.
Use noise-canceling headphones:
If you decide to work from home during the day while your family is in the house packing boxes, you may want to opt for a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. If you like listening to music while you work, you can do that. Otherwise, you can play some white noise or natural sound. Just like sight, your hearing can be a big source of distraction, so the better you isolate yourself from what is going on around you, the easier you'll concentrate.
Head to a coffee shop:
No matter how organized you are, there will be times when you just can't work from home. In that case, pack your bag with the essentials (your laptop, a notebook and a pen, and a water bottle) and head over to a coffee shop. Keep in mind that the same focus rules apply when you work out of the house. So avoid crowded places with lots of people walking in front of you and intense noises happening. In a nutshell, avoid sitting near the entrance or at the window. Instead, opt for a sit at the back, possibly facing away from people.
Use virtual backgrounds on video calls:
If your job requires you to video call your clients or your team members, you can make that happen from anywhere with just a virtual filter and some decent lighting. However, keep in mind that most times, you can get away with having slightly sub-par video quality while your audio is the most important part of the call. Can people hear you clearly? Is your internet connection stable? If the answers are "Yes" and "Yes," you are good to go.
Working from home while moving is not the most comfortable arrangement. But with a few tweaks to your schedule and environment, you can turn your cluttered area into a productivity hub. And best of all, if you can set yourself up for success, you'll be equipped to work in any other circumstance.