Updated: May 3, 2020
"It is easy for the “work/life” lines to be blurred when you literally work in your home (where your personal life happens)."
It is the end of what has been a surreal work week; one unlike anything we ever experienced before. All over the country “non-essential” businesses are shutting their doors, forcing a colossal amount of people to work from home. This newfound work environment is a whole different ballgame, one that poses a new set of disruptions and forces a person to hold themselves strictly accountable for their productivity.
Luckily, we live with an abundance of technology which allows many of us the capability to work remotely for an indefinite period of time. For those who are finding the whole “work from home” change to be cumbersome, here are some habits for keeping a routine and staying productive in this ever-changing time.
1. Write Out for Your Goals for the Day the Night Before
This is something that we all should have been doing already, but it holds extra true today. When working remotely, you need to make sure every hour of your workday is planned. Make a list of what needs to be done the night before and schedule the most important items first. You are sure to have calls and emails that will grab your attention and veer you off course, so having a list of goals will keep you focused on important tasks.
2. Set Your Alarm for the Same Time Every Day (And Get UP!)
We all do it. You set your alarm for a 6:00 a.m. and hit the snooze button five more times until you finally pull yourself out of bed a 6:45. Those days should be gone by now. Working from home allows you the freedom of flexible hours, which can derail your productivity if not kept in check.
Set your alarm for one hour before your typical work time and you will feel more in control and ready for your day.
3. Continue to Dress Like a Professional
Ditch the bathrobe and sweats. Studies have shown that those who dress up for work do much better than their under-dressed counter parts. Shower, shave, do your hair and makeup, and start your day as you would any other workday.
4. Take Breaks
After a few hours of glaring at a computer screen, your eyes will start to develop double vision. Stand up and go for a quick walk. Get some fresh air or make some lunch. No one is expecting you to be a machine just because you are working from home.
Try to take one break in the morning, a break for lunch, and a break in the afternoon. Doing this will help you to regroup and think more clearly when you return to your desk.
5. Play That Funky Music
Did you know that research shows that playing classical music can help you to perform tasks more efficiently? It’s true that certain mood music can really get the juices flowing.
My personal favorites to listen to while working are French Jazz (no joke) and, the Goddess, Dolly Parton. There is just something about her twee voice and female-powered lyrics that make me feel like I can crush through any task.
Whatever your preference, listen to music that is uplifting and inspires you to accomplish.
6. Continue to Keep a Work-Life Balance
It is easy for the “work/life” lines to be blurred when you literally work in your home (where your personal life happens). Set a schedule for “work” and “home”. End your day at a reasonable hour and do not bring work outside of your designated “office.”
Keeping connected with the ones we love is of great importance right now, so make sure you spend as much quality time with them as you can, especially if you have little ones whose lives have been equally disrupted.
Having a routine and maintaining a work/life balance are key habits to remaining successful during this chaotic time. The more structure you have while working remotely, the better employee you will be. Take the time to try these suggestions and you will find yourself feeling more in control.
Inspirational of the Day: “Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey
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