Life is strange at the moment, any sense of normalcy has vanished. So many of us are just feeling around in the dark trying to navigate this new “work from home” landscape. Should you still wake up at your normal time? Do you have to take a break? How do the people who do this on a regular basis? Working from home when you are not used to it is tough. There are so many distractions for you to get over or ignore. At Adrimedia understand how hard some of those interruptions can be to avoid, especially those with four legs and fur.
Get Dressed and Ready For Your Day Even When You Work from Home
It seems simple and almost silly but getting dressed can make or break how you approach your day not because “the clothes make the man”, but because it gives you a sense of normalcy.
You wouldn’t show up to your job in your pj’s, no matter how much we think about it. Get your head back in the game and get dressed.
Getting dressed as usual for your day promotes a professional attitude allowing you to be productive and energetic. As fun as it would be to work in your pajamas every day, your productivity level would suffer greatly. Unfortunately, the more comfortable you are a home, the more likely you are to slack off on your work.
A lot of companies are keeping connected with video chats such as Zoom or Skype. You should look at least presentable during these videos. This does not mean that you have to put your full suit and tie on or your pantyhose to be effective for the day. All you need to do it put on a clean shirt and some pants. Just look like you want to be there and do your work.
Getting dressed is a part of your normal routine for the day, and routines are extremely useful when it comes to productivity. Keeping your workday routine at home can be a lifesaver for your workday. So get up when your alarm goes off, wash your face, drink your coffee and get dressed. You will be ready to take on anything that day!
Have a Designated Work Space When You Work from Home
You know how you may have pictures of your family at your work desk to remind you of home. Well, now you are home and all of those pictures are a reality. Those pictures become real-life distractions instead of a hopeful and fond memory that you are working to see again. Whether it is a child or an animal or a spouse, there will always be something that you would rather be doing at home. This is why having a designated work area is so important.
The things that you love the most are in your home and those things are way more fun to be around than our work. If you have a spare bedroom or a place with a door that you can set up your office space, that would be ideal if you do not already have it set up as a home office. Sometimes, you need to be able to shut out those distractions to stay productive. This area can help separate your “work-life” and your “home life”.
Not everyone can have a home office, so then what? Set up space somewhere that isn’t smack dab in the middle of all the action in your home. If you have kids, maybe don’t set up shop at the same table. It will be difficult at first to steer clear of those in your home but, it will be for the best in the long run. Having a professional mindset is important during these times to keep you focused and on track. It will also help you greatly if you have your own space to keep your head at work.
Use Your “Commute” Time
I know, commuting is a four-letter word. However, your brain can use this time to “get ready” or decompress from your day. When driving to work what do you usually do, besides yelling at every other person who cuts you off? You listen to music or a podcast or an audiobook. These things can help get you into the mindset when working from home. This time can allow your brain the headspace it needs to start the day off right!
If your normal commute is an hour, you DO NOT have to use that entire time if you don’t want to. Allow yourself twenty minutes to listen to a chapter or two on the audiobook you have been playing or catch up with your favorite podcast hosts. This small act again will give you a sense of normalcy that can help you throughout your day. You need this time to yourself. As I’ve said before, keeping a routine is important to humans and as horrible as your daily commute may be. You should still take that time, albeit more relaxed without traffic, and use it to its full advantage.
The same goes for the end of the day. Set aside ten to fifteen minutes to decompress from the day. It will make the rest of your evening so much more fulfilling if you’re not still thinking about that video-chat meeting you had at the end of the day or the email that you had to send. Do not take for granted the quiet time after work that you need in order still live your normal life.
Take a Break or Go for a Walk
Do you know how sometimes you just have to leave your desk at work and maybe make some coffee or visit a coworker? There are so many times during the day when I cannot look at my computer screen for another minute or read another email. I, like so many, have a hard time just sitting in the same place all day long. If you have a dog, this will be the easiest thing that you do all day, as I am sure that like mine, your dog is excited that you are home with them all day.
Set a few ten minute or less breaks and just walk around outside. It will clear your head and give you some fresh air to revitalize your mind, plus vitamin D isn’t bad for you either. We can all use a little bit of that at the moment, Vitamin D has been known to help your immune system and help with depression especially during these crazy times. Another added benefit of a little walk is, you get to spend more time with your pets, and who doesn’t want that?
Taking little breaks throughout the day helps keep you sharp and focused when you come back. I know that sometimes I just need a clear head and fresh eyes to attack my next task for the day and a little walk can help with that. However, at this time, everyone might not be able to take a walk and that’s okay, just make sure that you take your normal break. Do not cut yourself short because you are at home. You still need time to recharge and a lunch break is perfect for that.
Make A Schedule
On a normal day at work, I usually have my day planned out in my head. What is priority and what I can wait on. When working from home, however, I find that more difficult. My phone is right there with me, I go down a YouTube rabbit hole; I see my tasks but cannot figure out what is a priority or sometimes even where to start my day. Everyone works differently throughout the day but for me, I have to make a schedule and check things off.
I love using Trello to schedule my day and keep myself organized but using post-its works just as well. It is the act of seeing I need to complete a task, and checking it off as done that is so satisfying for me. Your brain actually releases tiny amounts of dopamine whenever you recognize that you have completed a task. Even your brain is on your side! You can make yourself time slots but make sure that you reward yourself when the task is completed. Whatever helps you is the right way to schedule your day.
Right now, no one knows what will happen tomorrow. If you are lucky enough to be able to work safely at home, I hope that you can use these tips that we use in our everyday lives to make your experience better. Do you have any tips for working at home? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!
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