There is no doubt that these last few weeks will go down in history. The entire world has shifted its day to day life to provide a solution to regain strength. For a lot of people that looks like working from home and social distancing. For some people, it can be difficult to transition to a work from home lifestyle. Do you stay in your pajamas? What time do you eat your meals? What kind of breaks are appropriate or ethical? Today we would like to help you create a schedule while you’re working at home.
Start with a Morning Routine. Starting with the morning routine is crucial to having a productive day. Start your day like you do any other day. Get up at the same time, eat breakfast, and get dressed. If you have time to go for a walk or run in the morning do it! Since you won’t be commuting I am sure you can find the time. This will help you leave the house and come back in ready to work. You want to stay in your pajamas and think there’s no reason to get dressed but showering and putting on real clothes will put your mind in the mood to work.
Maintain regular hours. Once you set your schedule stick to it. Have guidelines for when you want to work and when it’s time to relax. Set a schedule for your time. If you need to work a certain amount of hours a week, break those up into increments or projects. Try taking breaks during your workday. When working at home this is absolutely crucial. Even if it means taking a 10-minute walk outside or grabbing a snack from your fridge. Have a timer near you and set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and get away from your workspace.
Speaking of workspace. Have one. Try not to work in your bed or on your couch. Set aside a certain place in your home and call that your “work area.” Dedicating a single space to your work life will help keep you focused and make you feel like you can relax in your home once work is finished.
You can also make sure your workspace is nice and cozy. Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils. you can also download a playlist and have music playing in the background. Some people recommend turning on your favorite show for background noise helps. Since you’ll be alone or with young children it is important to have some sort of sound. Also, it’s OK to talk to yourself. Hearing your voice or someone else’s will help you feel less isolated.
Make sure you’re eating healthy meals. This will help you feel good and ready to get back to work. If you eat something that’s going to make you groggy in the afternoon and your bed is in the next room over, it’ll be hard to resist laying down.
If you can work it in your schedule, try and exercise for at least 30 minutes before or after work. This will clear your mind and help you transition to a work from home environment.
Try not to get in the habit of doing house chores in the middle of a project. If you’d like to change the laundry on one of your breaks that’s fine. However, leave it for your breaks. When you’re working on a project for work try and spend at least an hour or two or until you complete the project. Before turning your focus on a house chore. It’s easy to justify a chore here and there and then realize that you haven’t gotten any work done.
If there were going to be other people in your space make sure you create a set of rules. If this looks like a spouse or roommate, have clear rules on when you can communicate or have conversations outside work. If you have kids, make a schedule for them and stick to it. They need to have clear rules about what they can do and what they can’t do while you’re working. Giving your children a task while you are working on a project will help you stay focused.
If you don’t have all of the essential tools to work from home don’t hesitate to ask. Ask your employer for the things you might need, any sort of home office equipment.
Try and leave home every day. Your body will need to move and getting out of your new office setting is crucial to keeping yourself sane. Since most of us are not able to socialize, take a walk, do outside chores, or grab a chair and sit in your yard.
Without a doubt, this is a unique circumstance. Remember that the best thing you can do for your mind and clarity is to stick to a routine as close as possible. Also, remember that you can smile, laugh and connect with others via technology! Just because this is a time of uncertainty doesn’t mean that we can’t stay positive and show love to others.