Work-from-home now is the new normal. While most of us find it relaxing to work remotely from the comfort of our cozy couches, it can also be challenging at the same time to maintain productivity & consistency during these stressful times.
Whether you're new to working remotely or just looking to level up, these tips can help you stay productive & maintain balance.
Mindful Tips For WFH:
Set a Morning Routine:
Wake up a few hours prior to your work time, freshen up & grab your morning energy drink. You can start your day early with yoga, meditation or any physical exercise & try to finish your chores before settling into the workspace. This strengthens focus and will help reduce stress levels.
Get Ready For Your Work Day:
Even if you don’t leave the house, dress for work as if you were in the office as this psychologically gets you in the right mindset for work. Dedicate some clothes especially for work, even if they’re more comfortable than your typical professional attire. If you prefer to do your hair and makeup, then go for it as this boosts confidence & makes you look presentable on your zoom calls.
Create Your Work Schedule:
Instead of having a vague plan, develop a daily schedule 'To-Do List' when you begin the day. Make sticky notes on your system for constant reminders. Wrap it up at the correct hour & stay away from your workstation when you are not at work.
Designate A Work Space:
It's extremely important to have a dedicated workspace when working from home. If you have a room for a separate home office, perfect. And if you don’t have one, please improvise and create a pop-up office with a small desk or your coffee table. Don't forget to light up candles, add cushions, and place plants to add to the vibe.
Eat and Sleep Right:
Being on a healthy diet is essential during WFH as this helps you function better and stay energized all day long. Choose food items to boost memory, concentration, and alertness such as pumpkin seeds, almonds and dark chocolate. Limit your intake of junk food and sugar-based drinks. And, lastly, drink lots of water, sleep for 8 hours hours every night & follow the same bedtime routine.
Take Planned Breaks:
Nobody can or should work continuously. Breaks are a must, especially in a stressful time like this. So, make sure you include tiny breaks in between. You may take a quick stroll in your garden, talk to your family members, play with your pet or enjoy your coffee. This can help break the monotony of work while allowing your brain & body to de-stress.
Invest in headphones:
Prevent distractions by using headphones. You can invest in a pair of over-ear headphones that are comfortable and will help you stay focussed. If your partner is also working from home, communicate about when you need to be on a video or voice call. That way, you have a plan in place to minimize sound if both of you need to be on a call at the same time.
Working With A Baby:
Use a baby carrier or a wrap so you can keep your child close to you. To keep your hands free, use a dictation app. If you’re on a call, you can let your team know that you have a baby at home in case there are any noises. Also, use their naps efficiently, and try to schedule work or conference calls that require intense focus during these times.
Keeping your mind calm and centered can be a challenge when you are working from home. Thus, you can practice meditation as this calms your mind, improves concentration and reduces anxiety. You can spend twenty minutes meditating when you finish your WHF day as this will help you unwind & relax.
Keep in touch with your co-workers:
While many of us are working from within the comfort of our homes, it is important to stay in the loop. So, try to stay in touch with your colleagues on calls and be their support structure. Keep a check on your co-workers' health and reach out for help in this time of need, and they’ll surely reciprocate.
Working from home during this trying time may not be what you planned, but you can make the most of it. So, stay positive, go easy & give yourself some time to adjust to your new work life! Pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve achieved, even if there have been some speed bumps along the way.
we’re all in this together.