Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us around the U.S have been asked to practice social distancing and stay home. These stay at home orders have caused many employers to implement work from home policies. If you're anything like me, you were excited at first but after a few weeks of it, you have learned it's harder than you initially thought. Luckily, after trial and error, I have learned a few things that have made working from home easier.
Give yourself enough time in the morning to prepare.
Giving yourself enough time to eat, drink your coffee, or do whatever you need to do in order to have a productive day is key to a successful start. I have made the mistake of rolling out of bed 30 minutes before I was supposed to start my scheduled work time and it was an epic fail. I ended up having to take a break to get myself mentally prepared, causing me to work longer in the afternoon.
Before you smack your teeth and roll your eyes at me, hear me out! I don't think anyone should expect you to put on a full face of makeup or even put on your cutest work outfit. However, I do expect you to get out of your pajamas or robe and at least throw on a t-shirt and some jeans. Honestly, even loungewear works, but definitely get up comb your hair and get out of those pjs.
Create a Workspace
For me the biggest challenge of working from home is separating my home life from my work life. For that reason, I can not get much work done from my sofa or even my bed. It's very easy for me to get distracted by my surroundings or get too comfortable and become lazy. Now, most of us aren't blessed with a home office space, but you can create a workspace anywhere in your house. Once you have found a quiet space in your home, find a comfy chair you don't mind sitting in for a long period of time, grab some office essentials and some cute directions and get to working!
Create a Schedule.
While some people may strive while working with no schedule or routine most of us need structure in order to be productive. Give yourself designated work hours and stick to it. This is especially important if you live with others because it creates boundaries that will hopefully cu out interruptions and distractions. Inside of those designated hours, make sure to plan out breaks for yourself including a lunch. You will need those breaks to avoid burning yourself out.
We are currently living through a pandemic that has literally turned everyone's life upside down. Majority of us are not only trying to work form home, but also home school and entertain our kids. Also let's not mention that we are probably dealing with some sort of anxiety from all of this. Create a to do list starting with priorities and focus on knocking those priorities out first. Make peace with the fact that you may not complete everything in one day and thats okay.