One of the best things about working remotely is that you can do whatever you want. Really!
If you’re in a job where you have to wear a suit, or if you’re in school and have specific rules about what you wear, it’s easy to feel like your personal style is being dictated by others.
But if you work remotely, no one will know if you puff a THC cartridge at 9 in the morning or play music at full blast while doing your taxes on your laptop. Your boss won’t see those jeans unless they walk into your office (and even then, he’ll probably just think they’re part of the decor). And if someone comes into your workspace to chat with you about something work-related, there’s no one around to make them feel weird about wearing their pajamas on a Tuesday.
Whether it’s because of these kinds of personal freedoms or not—and it probably is—the best way for me to get into my zone when I’m working from home is by putting on some tunes and dancing around my kitchen while I make breakfast. It takes me out of myself and makes me feel more present in the moment than any other activity does (except maybe making coffee).
It’s not cool to use recreational cannabinoids in the office
If you’re looking to get high while you work, we’re here to tell you that it’s not a good idea.
We know that many of us have worked in places where recreational cannabis is legal, and we’ve been around long enough to know that there are those who think that since it’s legal, it must be safe. But even in places where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, there are still some pretty big problems associated with using it on the job. Here are just a few:
1. It could get you fired: Many employers have zero tolerance policies for drug use at work, and that includes cannabis. Even if your state has legalized marijuana for all purposes (which only 29 states currently do), it’s still very unprofessional and unsafe to use recreational cannabinoids in the workplace—even if they were prescribed by a doctor!
2. It could affect your productivity: The more often you smoke weed at work, the less productive you’ll be—and this isn’t just anecdotal evidence: multiple studies have shown that marijuana can actually decrease your ability to perform complex tasks or make decisions quickly or accurately. This will not only hurt your own performance but also hurt the company’s bottom line because higher-level employees are not performing at their best.
You should always be sober in the workplace
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your career is to make sure that you are always sober in the workplace. If you’re not, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for you to do your best work—and it’s going to be even more difficult for you to build positive relationships with your coworkers.
So how do you stay sober?
Don’t go into work when you’re hungover. This one seems obvious, but it’s so easy to forget! If you have a hangover, take some time off. Your body needs time to recover, and if you try to push through it anyway, it will only make things worse.
Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you every hour or two not to drink any more alcohol. The more frequently this reminder goes off throughout the day, the better—it’s much easier to remember when something is on your mind constantly rather than just once or twice! You’ll also feel less tempted by other people who might be drinking around
Don’t let work stress you out!
Working hard is one thing, but working too hard can leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world—and then suddenly like you’re falling off.
There are lots of ways to keep your stress in check and get back to feeling like yourself again. Here are some tips:
Set aside time for yourself—even if it’s just a few minutes each day. This can mean taking a walk, reading a book, or watching something funny on YouTube.
Set boundaries around how much time you spend at work—and stick to them! If you have a task that takes three hours and you usually stay at work till 9 pm, don’t do it. Be strict with yourself so that when you leave work every night, you feel good about it.
Get out of the office! You don’t have to go far—just going to grab lunch or coffee with one or two coworkers can help you decompress from all that time spent looking at your computer screen and thinking about work stuff all day long (which is probably making it harder for you to get away from thinking about work).