Working from the bedroom can be envious of so many people. With the absence of daily commutes, working in your pajamas and the freedom of following your own schedule make it so appealing. Moreover, it might appear as the ideal arrangement for introverts because they thrive away from social environments. On the contrary, while they may enjoy the perks and bask in the joy of missing out, working from the bedroom can be tiring for anyone, including the introverts. “How?” you might ask. Well, read on to find out five ways why working from the bedroom can leave workers, introverts included, tired rather than happy.
Introverts work best from quiet workspaces, that’s why they are good at carving out a quiet space in the office for themselves. However, working from the bedroom makes this difficult. Working from home is rarely without distractions, and even locking yourself in the bedroom might not help much. If you share the home with other family members, kids, a partner or even pets, you have to deal with distractions every now and then. This makes it difficult to concentrate and focus on your tasks, which can be mentally and physically tiring. On the days that you need to focus, it is crucial to find an alternative workspace that can provide the quiet. Find a good coworking space in your neighborhood where you can drop in any time to get work done. Coworking spaces are the ideal workspaces for all types of people. You can be sure to find an area that fits your needs.
Struggling with video meetings
Video meetings can be exhausting for anyone. It is even worse for introverts. Introverts find it hard to interact and hold conversations with other people in real life. Taking it virtually where it is much more difficult to read nonverbal cues makes it harder and tiring. In addition, introverts like to pause and collect their thoughts in a conversation. Video calls don’t give them that allowance. They have to pay much attention to understand what the rest are saying and are also likely to be interrupted. For these reasons, introverts are likely to feel intimidated and exhausted even when participating in meetings from the privacy of their bedrooms. But, it doesn’t hurt to request alternatives. For instance, you can request your boss to allow you to send your input via text or email. Asking for the agenda before the meeting also helps in getting prepared.
Feelings of loneliness
Introverts tend to shy away from social interactions. But, they are still social beings who crave connectedness with other people. They might prefer small doses of socialization, but it is still socialization nevertheless. Working from the bedroom reduces the chances of interacting with other people. Moreover, unlike their extroverted counterparts who cling to their social circles even when working remotely, introverts would rather keep off small talks on social media and other platforms. Unfortunately, too much isolation can be detrimental to mental health. It is important to schedule breaks to get out of the bedroom every few hours for social interactions. You can go outdoors to enjoy a moment or two engaging in activities that allow you to take your mind off work things. Biking with an electric cruizer bike could be very amusing and beneficial to your mental health.
Poor sleep quality
The bedroom is a place for resting after a long day. Moving your work in there can make it difficult to enjoy that rest when you need to. You see, the brain develops associations with experiences. When working in the bedroom, especially on the bed, your brain can associate the room with productivity. When you want to sleep, it can be harder for you because the brain wants to stay awake and alert. Unfortunately, lacking enough sleep makes it difficult to get through the following day, which can be exhausting. On the other hand, your brain might want to sleep when you are supposed to be working. It helps to establish some boundaries. Allow your brain to commute from sleep to work by making your bed and getting out of the pajamas. Additionally, consider using a room divider to separate your sleeping area from the working area.
Difficulty finding the right mood and energy
Bedrooms are for naps and sleeping. That is why most have fewer windows to make them dim, the perfect setup for finding quality sleep. Working in a room where sunlight is limited can affect your moods negatively, which can be detrimental to your mental health. In addition, you have to strain your eyes when working, which can be exhausting. If you must work from the bedroom, consider having a window added if you have the capacity to do so. You can also invest in ample lighting at your workstation. Adding plants could be a positive addition as well.
Working from the bedroom isn’t all rosy as most people would want you to believe. Furthermore, it is not the ideal work environment for anyone, especially introverts. However, with limited space, it can be a great place to set up your home office. Just ensure that you have control over distractions and light up the room well. In addition, find ways to separate working and sleeping areas. In addition, avoid sitting in the bedroom the whole day by taking breaks for social interactions throughout the day.