With all that’s going on right now a lot of people are forced to be working from home. How do you keep motivated when it feels like you’ve lost all your control?
How are you supposed to get into a “work mindset” from your couch? Don’t worry, I have some ideas that will hopefully help you.
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Working from home: 9 tips to help make it easier
Let in some natural light
Yes, open the curtains/blinds and let some sunlight in. Not only will it make things less gloomy but it will also give you some added energy and maybe even some vitamin d.
It also provides the “illusion” of connecting with the outside world even though you are still inside your house.
Get ready every day
I know it is tempting to stay in you’re pajamas while you work from home. The reason that’s a bad idea is because it doesn’t help motivate you. Getting up, having a shower, getting dressed (actual clothes not pajamas), doing your makeup ect. will help get you in the work mindset. Or work mode if you prefer.
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You don’t have to wear a suit, khakis and a polo shirt is perfectly acceptable.
Limit distractions at home
Yes, I am going to be “that person”. Turn your phone off or put blockers for social media sites. (There is apps for this, ie: Moment, Freedom, Break free, Stay on task ect.).
Find a place that is relatively quite so you can focus on your tasks at hand.
Have a designated work from home area
Having a specific area to do your work really helps with productivity. It doesn’t have to be a separate room or home office but a desk would be easier than the kitchen table.
You are also likely to be more motivated at a desk as opposed to your sofa with the tv remote and other distractions.
Try putting on some background music
Spotify is fantastic and FREE. It has loads of songs you can listen too. It even has divided folders for different moods such as happy, or sad, or meditation and yoga music. Different songs from different decades. Find something you can have going in the background that won’t be a distraction.
Stick to a schedule at home
It is so easy to get all “loosey goosey” when you’re not use to working from home. Set times, have designed start and stop times. Give time for breaks and meals. Don’t be a work horse!
Keep in contact with co-workers as much as possible when working from home
If you need information, clarification or a helping hand, lean on your coworkers. You are all in the same boat in unfamiliar waters. Lean on eachother.
Have a to-do list
You don’t want to end up in a situation where you don’t know what you are doing. Don’t give yourself that stress. Write down what needs to be accomplished and check them off as you go.
Take time to step outside
It’s amazing what a little fresh air can do for your concentration and productivity. Things get stressful, take a couple minutes to destress and clear your head.
keep this in mind as you are working from home
Think of yourself and your job as separate entities. You do your job, you are not your job. This may come as a shock but you still have to live your life the best you can.
Let me know down in the comments below how you are holding up and if you have any positive advice for others. What is something new you have learned about yourself while working from home?
Till next time,