Why We Should Never Work From Bed
Reasons why you should not work from your bed
Many people are attached to their beds (yes! You heard ir right) that find it hard to get up and leave the comfortable warm blanket and very soft pillows in which you can curl into a fetal position. Let's face it, humans love being comfortable and bed is a comfortable place.
Working from home means that you stay at home almost 24/7. It is more likely to see them working on their pajamas early in the morning, answers phone calls and video conferencing with a formal top but with a sweat pants or a pajama under (the privilege of working at home is you don't have to wear fancy clothes all the time). Moreover, working from home means a greater time to spend with families and your loved ones. However, studies show that when you work at home, you tend to bring your work at the bed. Thinking that you would feel cozy and more likely to produce creative juices and great ideas from your mind. This study found that 80% of young professional admit to working from bed (guilty as charged). Well, this must be avoided. Here are the reasons why we should never work from bed.
Number 1. The bedroom is not as relaxing as it should be
The Division of Sleep Medicine in Harvard backs up the idea that work should not happen where you sleep. They say, “Keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.”
Thus, doing your work in bed makes your brain intend to think more, instead of relaxing and sleeping, because it adapts the environment you set into it which is of course work. You will find it hard to sleep at night because your mind is busy thinking about work therefore making wide awake and get up to work again rather than laying in bed doing nothing. This means, less sleep for you and more work to do.
You must put in your mind that there should be a place for everything. For eating, for working and for sleeping so that you can set your mind you will not find it hard to work.
Number 2. Separation Between Work and Home is important
According to the Harvard Business Review’s Guide to Being more Productive, they mention: “Unless you are careful to maintain boundaries, you may start to feel like you’re always at work and losing a place to come home to.”
Working at home is not always a bed of roses because you might need to lose your so-called home. Why? It is because everywhere in the house becomes your working area. Your dining room, your living room as well as your bedroom (even sometimes in the bathroom!) will your workplace losing the essence or the real function of the home. Making you hard to sleep in bed without thinking about work, doing your work while eating and doing 1 or 2.
You should have a designated area for work and you should work there only. In that way you can really say that your house is still a home and not a working place.
Number 3. Quality of Sleep will Decrease
Working from bed is not healthy. When you work from bed, your brain might confuse this place as your workstation making sleep hard for you. Remember mind over matter? If you put your mind to it, you will have it. If you let your brain thinks that the bed is a working place, the essence of this room becomes useless. You can never control your head into thinking, most especially if it thinks about work, the quality sleep that you want will never be yours because your mind cannot stop thinking anout work making sleep hard.
But what should you do in order to avoid to working from bed? Simple, keep all your devices away from it. Your cellphone, your laptop (even your televisions!) should not be placed near your bed because the urge to use it is very large. The farther it is, the lazier you'll get to reach for it forcing your body clock to adapt the new routine.
You should also have a separate place to work and you should work there and there alone.
Remember that your home should be the place to relax and that should never be changed.
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