Updated: Jun 6, 2020
Good morning Honey’s, Happy Thursday!
How is your morning going?
If you are one of the millions of people forced to work from home due to this virus or a student trying to get organized due to school closures, creating a work schedule will be necessary for a successful transition. Not only for productivity but also to create balance in your new "home/work" situation.
Here are my 7 tips for working from home that I used to stay productive.
Take 30 minutes to 1 hour for yourself
We are a society that is programmed to check our emails first thing in the morning, but over time this will cause anxiety. It is why we must take the time to get ready for our workday and ourselves. Including a workout, a meditation practice, or having a cup of coffee while looking out the window can do wonders for your mental health.
It’s easy not to get dressed nor brush our teeth in the morning, but you must avoid looking like a bum at all costs when working from home. Get dressed in the morning, brush your teeth, have a shower, and comb your hair. You don’t have to work in a suit, but you must wear form-fitting clothing. Sweatpants are a no, but leggings are permitted and a nice shirt, nothing oversized. If you can fit two grown adults in your clothes, you must change. Pajamas are also not allowed.
Set up your workspace
Working from your bed might seem like a smart thing to do, but trust me, you wouldn't be able to sleep at night as your mind won't be able to separate work time from bedtime. You must find a place to set up as your assigned workspace, which can be a coffee table in the living or the dining table in your kitchen. Also, keep this space as clean as possible, because as cluttered workspace creates a cluttered mind.
Set your work hours
My work schedule is 30 minutes on with a 5-minute break while listening to thinking music. I find that this helps me focus. For you, it might be turning the TV on, but not to a new show that you've already watch, as this will be too distracting. Take 30 mins for lunch and another 30 mins when you find yourself losing your concentration.
Keep distractions to a minimum
Keep scrap papers next to you while you work, if an idea comes to mind, you can write it down and not forget it. After your 30 minutes of working completed, look back at the notes. If the task can be completed within the 5 minutes break, complete it, if not save it for when you finish your work. You can also use noise-canceling headphones to limit distractions.
Focus on one task at a time
Multitasking helps no one, and it limits your productivity. As a mom, I know this for a fact. Consequently, when you have a task to complete, focus only on that task, there is no need to run around like a chicken with your head cut off.
If you have a different color post-it on hand or paper clips, you can create piles for your to-do list.
Pile 1 “Must complete today” – Pink Post-it
Pile 2 “Must complete by the end of the week” – Blue Post-it
Pile 3 “Not important but need to get it off your list” – Yellow Post-it
Pile 4 File away – “Cleared off your desk” – Green Post-it
Create a cut off time
You need to create an end time for your work, do not go over that time, unless it is necessary to keep your job, especially if you have a family. Working from home shouldn’t always be about work, you must enjoy the perks of being with your family. If you don’t have a family, then give yourself a treat when you complete your day, whether it’s a glass of wine, walking the dog, or enjoying your new dating app.
Even though working from home isn’t suited for everyone, if you take the time to create some structure, you’ll become much more productive.
Let me know if you're working from home and if you have any tips that can make things a little easier.
TTYL and by the way…have a great day