Here in Ontario, we are going into lockdown 2.0. With that many more people are working from home, this includes me. I have to be honest I am finding it very difficult. It is hard to make your place of sleep, your place of work. Especially, if you have never done it before.
I am currently new to this process but here are some things I am doing to try and make it a little easier. These tips can also apply to school at home.
Create a Routine
Creating a routine is the key to being successful in working from home. The key is to make sure you get up at the same time every day. You may think because you are home you can sleep in, roll out of bed, and start work. After a while, you are just going to dread that work is right there.
Once you are up try and keep everything consistent. Go make your coffee and breakfast, get dressed or get up do a little workout. Build the routine that works best for you, just make sure you are keeping it consistent every day.
My routine has been: getting up, making coffee, doing my skincare, getting dressed, writing in my journal, and then when I am ready starting work. Doing this consistently has already helped me trick myself into thinking I am going into work.
Make sure to get Ready
On the lines of creating a routine, make sure getting ready is part of the routine. I am not saying you have to put on a full face of makeup or a nice outfit. I am just saying get out of your pajamas or those sweatpants you have been wearing for 3 days and put on some new clothes.
Getting semi-ready will help to shift your mindset from being at home to being productive. Just make sure you are comfortable as well the worst feeling is being uncomfortable sitting at a desk all day. Need some outfit inspiration? Check out my working from home pinterest board.
Change your Location
If you are starting to feel unmotivated, change up your location. By setting yourself up in a new location, it can help to give you a fresh new perspective, which will help to make you more productive. Different locations could be in the dining room, then the living room, outside (if it’s nice out).
If you can’t change up your location, like myself, make sure you are taking breaks and getting out of your space. Sometimes you just need to step away from your work area to be able to get a fresh new mindset.
Take Mental Breaks
When you are at work it can be easier to focus on your work because your mindset is in a working environment. At home, it’s hard to switch over to your work brain. It’s okay to have to take more breaks, you are never going to get the best quality work you can produce when you are unmotivated.
When I get to a point where I need a break, I step away from my computer and walk around my apartment a bit. Getting moving is a great way to help get yourself back into the working spirit. Also, make sure you are eating throughout the workday.
Tip: Prep some healthy snacks the night before, so they are easy to grab when you get hungry.
The one thing that is getting me through these work from home days is going for walks. I never used to go for walks but now it’s the one thing I look forward to most in my days. During my lunch break, I try and go for a 30-minute walk. It helps to stretch out my whole body from sitting all morning, clears my mind, and just gets me ready for the rest of my day. If I don’t go for a walk at lunch then I make sure to go after work.
If you don’t feel like going for a walk that’s okay but make sure you do go outside. It’s not healthy for anyone to be stuck inside all day. Just stepping outside for 5 mins a day will help make you feel a lot better, plus the fresh air is so good for you.
Seperate your Home Life From Work Life
Since my computer is all set up in my room, it has been making it very difficult to separate home and work. I was getting overwhelmed, going into my room. What I decided to do was cover my work computer when I am not using it. This way if I don’t see it, I won’t think about work. If you have a laptop it can be easy to just put it away. If you have a home office make sure to close that door.
Just remember that you come first. If you are finding it hard to deal with all of this please reach out and talk with someone. Know you are not alone. No one knows how to navigate through these hard times but little wins in a day can help to make it a little easier.
Working from home can be an adjustment but I hope some of these tips help to make it a little easier.
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