It’s been a big adjustment for all of us to pivot from commuting each day to work to working from home. Add kids and pets to the mix and it can be even harder to concentrate and be productive in your new makeshift work environment.
We have each had to adapt quickly to our new normal. Here are a few ideas on how to work more effectively no matter where you are but especially from home and actually get stuff done.
- Get up at your usual time and work your regular hours. It’s easy to fall off your schedule and then work late into the night.
- Be extra kind to yourself and do things that make you happy – remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can under these stressful circumstances (especially if you are also trying to help home school your kids or take care of an infant)
- You don’t need to be a perfectionist right now – good is good enough
- Make your bed every day – there has always been something about this simple action that enables me to start my day off on the right foot and end it feeling calmer
- Take it one day at a time – the world is rapidly changing and everyone is anxious and scared do the best you can and don’t beat yourself up
- Don’t work 12 hour days without breaks – get up and walk your dog, have lunch with your kids or do a video chat with a friend of colleague to break up your day
- Do the worst first – my former boss once said this to me and it’s always resonated – it basically means that we often procrastinate on the projects we don’t want to do when in fact those are the ones we should do first
- Keep a to-do list and check off items on it as they are completed – this does wonders for me to feel accomplished
- Plan your day the night before – I make a to-do list in the notes section of my iPhone. It feels so good when I am able to cross off items during the day.
- Create a new morning ritual – perhaps it’s reading the news while having breakfast or writing before anyone else is up or taking an online fitness course
- Take some quiet time to think and plan ahead each day
- Practice gratitude daily – if you have a job right now, you are one of the lucky ones and if you are healthy, then again you’re one of the lucky ones
- Read an inspirational book or listen to a motivating podcast
- Reach out to colleagues and industry friends and schedule virtual coffee breaks or happy hours
- Disconnect from content that gives you anxiety (for me this is not keeping the news on 24/7 or scanning the headlines online throughout the day – funny memes sent by friends are keeping me sane
The key right now for all of us is to be kinder to ourselves and others. And to cut ourselves major slack – know that you’re doing your best to juggle it all in a very stressful time – it’s okay to not be okay right now.
We will get through this and emerge stronger.