Remember the days when working from home was a luxury we craved? If you’re still having a hard time nailing down your new work from home routine, we’d like to say two things…
You’re not alone!
Stop being so hard on yourself.
Not only are we still in the middle of a pandemic, but we’re also battling feelings of uncertainty, loneliness, frustration, and more. We’re home with our spouses, children, and other loved ones with minimal escapes. We’re missing our outings to the gym, dinner with friends, and – many of us never thought we’d say this but – the office. These were outlets in our lives that gave our days structure, but now that they’re momentarily gone, we have to create that structure for ourselves. This is not a strong attribute for many people, and that’s okay too
These 5 tips have helped us increase productivity and sanity during our work from home days.
Put on Your Monday Best
Make an effort to put an outfit together throughout the week, so you feel like you’re at work. You don’t have to rock a power suit and a full face (unless you want to), but a comfy pair of jeans and a nice tee will do the trick. When you look at your best, you feel your best, which can help you stay motivated and energized throughout the day. Fashion helps your self-confidence, and we need all the help we can get these days.
List Your Tasks For the Day
Write a list of tasks that’s realistic for you to achieve every day. Try not to pile on too many tasks, as this can lead to you feeling overwhelmed, which can hinder productivity. We suggest creating this list at the end of your workdays to free your mind of the tasks that you didn’t get to that day. Knowing you’ll handle tomorrow alleviates the anxiety you feel at night and helps you sleep better. The following day, try your best to stick to that list, but also give yourself breathing room for unforeseen things that may arise, like meetings, internet outages, or the kids demanding your attention.
Create a Work From Home Office Space
PSA: If you want to be productive, it’s nearly impossible to do it from the bed. When working, avoid any comfy spaces, that you tend to nap or binge Netflix on. If you don’t have a home office, designate a space in your home to create a makeshift one. It can be the kitchen table or a corner in your living room. We also recommend that you avoid your bedroom – this is a sanctuary of relaxation, so you don’t want to taint it with work stress. Order a compact table, decorate with a framed motivational quote and add a calendar and notepad to build an office ambiance.
Create Designated Self-Care Slots
This is your rewards system. Give yourself something to look forward to every couple of hours, whether it’s a snack break, time to chat with friends, or a quick walk. (We like to reward ourselves with chocolate every two hours!) Just be sure that you set a time for you to return to work and stick to it. A fifteen-minute break here and there can motivate you to stay focused during work time. Plus, it’s important to celebrate your wins, even if you ticked off the smallest thing on your todo list.
Communicate With Co-Workers
Believe it or not, checking in with colleagues can help you stay on track throughout the day, and we’re not talking about follow-ups and meeting requests. Keep in touch with the colleagues who provide your daily giggles in the office to provide a sense of familiarity and support. Check in to see how they’re coping and swap tips on how you’re coping with quarantine. You can even share this article with them! (Shameless plug) But on a more serious note, speaking to someone who understands what you’re going through can help you get through this time, and they can be an accountability partner throughout your workdays. You might not want to ask your boss to hold your hand, but a friendly coworker might, given the circumstances.
And if you are a boss, we know this is a challenging shift for you, and you’re most likely struggling as well. So hopefully these tips help you and your colleagues cope until this is all over.
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