Working from home has its challenges. Here are some tips to help you through this:
CREATE YOUR TEMPORARY HOME OFFICE (if you do not already have one)
It doesn’t need to be elaborate but you want to create an airy, comfortable area to place your office. Make sure you remove any personal photos or what-not from view of your computer camera in case of virtual meetings.
PLAN YOUR DAY
It’s always good to start your day with a solid plan. A routine will help to keep you engaged daily. If your kids are home, it’s going to be a bit more challenging, but if you keep to a set plan, it should all come together.
KEEP TO A MEAL PLAN
Limit sugary foods that can give you an energy boost; ending up with low blood sugar which will lead to lack of concentration. Have a sensible lunch – just as you do when working.
PLAN TIME TO WORKOUT OR SERIES OF STRETCHES
Your desk chair may not be like the one at work. Get up and do some stretches. A few minor exercises will increase your energy to give you more focus and discipline.
TRY TO STAY FOCUSED
Try to remember that even though you are working at home, you must try to keep your mind on the work at hand. Make certain that other family members know that you will have scheduled breaks to answer any questions or take care of any requests. Turn the ringer off your home phone and close the door to your office if possible to allow you more time to concentrate.
DON’T EAT AT YOUR DESK. SIT DOWN AND RELAX
You deserve a proper lunch break. Do not sit and eat at your desk. Again, a change of scenery and creating a true lunch break is necessary to reprogram your brain. Maybe even take your lunch out to your garden.
TAKE A WALK OR GET OUT OF HOUSE
Fresh air will clear the brain. Take a pet for a walk or stroll around your neighborhood briefly. Get out into your yard or balcony. This could be your new version of a ‘coffee break’.
KEEP YOUR WATER BOTTLE CLOSEBY
You never want to get dehydrated, so keep your water bottle at your desk and continue taking sips throughout the day. You don’t want to get a headache.
DON’T FORGET TO TAKE A BRAIN BREAK
Pet your dog and maybe look outside your window. Take a deep breath and take a quick pause.
JUST LIKE AT WORK, THERE IS A START TIME AND QUITTING TIME
When that imaginary whistle blows, shut it down. Move your laptop to a place where it is out of sight until morning. Create a start and end time to your day. Time to do something with your family or just start planning your nightly meal.
During this ever-changing time with COVID-19, we want you to keep your social distancing, and whatever you do, stay safe.