Working from home is becoming the norm for many around the globe. Whilst those working in the medical, retail and care sectors keep the planet turning, procrastination and productivity issues seem like trivial topics for conversation. But, it’s important to have the tools you need to overcome everyday distractions so that you can continue to do your own job to the best of your abilities.
Get up, get dressed, get in the zone
Let’s be realistic, it’s going to be difficult to be as productive as you would be in a work environment, but the more you can replicate your usual working environment in your home and get in the same frame of mind, the better you’ll feel. Don’t sleep in. Treat it as any other day. Get up, make your bed and get dressed in clothes that you would normally wear for work.
During the time that it would usually take to commute to work, get up as you normally would, but use that time to make yourself breakfast and get some exercise in. Whether it’s as simple as a walk, run or weight training, it will reduce stress and release endorphins that allow you to tackle your tasks for the day with a more positive and motivated outlook. This also replicates your daily commute if you normally travel by foot, bicycle or public transport, ensuring you keep your usual routine and better organize your thoughts.
Regular breaks help to keep your usual routine going and are important for your mental health and staying hydrated throughout the day will also allow you to maintain your energy levels. grab a water bottle, fill it up and place it on your home workstation ready to grab. Drinking 2 liters a day will optimize your brain and keep those ideas popping.
Physical isolation, not social isolation. Stay connected
Don’t alienate yourself. Keep in touch with the outside world and reach out to friends who might be feeling the same. There are a multitude of fantastic apps and pieces of software that can help you connect in different ways, meaning there’s no reason for you to isolate yourself from friends, family and colleagues.
Skype and Zoom are two of the most popular and both provide you with more than the conventional phone call. And best of all, they’re free! If you want to go beyond video, immersive technology can connect you even further. This all allows for ideas to be freely shared and collaborated on and tone and nuance can be much more clearly communicated allowing you to really get your points across. For more information, open up a conversation with us by emailing [email protected]
Designate a clear workspace
Don’t think you have room? Use the dining room table or kitchen breakfast bar. This may be easier if you live alone but these spaces aren’t free just try your best to find another spot at home that isn’t your regular hangout. That doesn’t have Netflix, or any of the other subscription streaming services that take so much of our time and attention these days. If it has to be in your living room sit in a different chair, just do something to mix it up from your standard chill time setup. And when the day is done, pack your work up and crank that TV up. You deserve to relax at the end of the day as you normally would and know that you’ve earnt that downtime. It really helps you wind down not having to look at your work docs and tech at the end of your day.
Know what works for you
Everybody’s different. For some blasting your favorite tunes or podcast is a massive influence in helping to get into a powerful workflow and stay feeling stimulated throughout the day. If you’re one of those people, then do that. But it’s not for everyone. If you need solitude and quiet to be as productive as you can, try using noise cancelling headphones without any music playing. This will at least allow you to reclaim some sense of calm even in a busy house full of children and pets. Either way, don’t be too hard on yourself and just do your best. Take those windows of time and use them to full effect, as small as they may be.