I am prone to anxiety – so i knew i had to get ahead of this before i drove myself crazy. I have done everything to make my WFH environment calm, peaceful and productive. Here are a few tips in case you’re struggling to adjust to #coronalife:
WAKE UP EARLY
Now listen, I HATE waking up early. I am a huge night owl and I love my beauty sleep – but i knew working from home was going to be challenged, especially if I felt rushed af in the morning, scrambling out of bed and racing to my computer.
I try to get up an hour and half before my start time. That gives me time to be on my phone for a few minutes in bed, get up, stretch and have some breakfast and coffee. This makes me feel normal during my first meeting, not like a half-asleep zombie. Helps me focus better and I feel more awake and ready to work! If you have trouble waking up early, try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each day, and it’ll keep getting easier.
SET UP SHOP
Pick a dedicated spot in your house and make yourself an “office”. (Don’t use your bed as your main workspace, keep that space yours, free from work, stress and meetings.) Your laptop, a notebook, a dedicated coffee mug and hey – maybe even a cute succulent! Whatever you choose to put in your space, just make sure to make it your own and make it comfortable.
Stock up your space with snacks, coffee and water. Pens, highlighters and notepads. Make sure you don’t need to keep getting up and distracted. Keep it all together like you’re in your actual office, and you’ll be cruising through your work in no time!
POP IN THE HEADPHONES
In between virtual meetings? Toss on a productive playlist and vibe while you work! It will make any spreadsheet, document or quiz more enjoyable. There are many pre-made Spotify playlists (don’t come @ me if you use apple music – spotify reigns supreme) that are great for learning, including instrumental music, or popular playlists featuring your fav artists.
Need a little bit more of a distraction? Throw on a podcast! I love to listen to podcasts, and especially during this time of social distancing, it makes me feel like I’m surrounded by thoughtful, insightful people. Some of my favorites are: Armchair Expert (Dax Shepherd interviews your favorite celebs and intelligent experts to teach us all a little something), True Crime Obsessed (a truly hilarious podcast recapping true crime documentaries with great commentary), or Pod Save America (if you want to brush up on some political facts).
Just like if you were in the actual office – you’re going to need a break. Step away from your computer and give those eyes a rest from the screen. If you’re able to get outside, go for a long walk and breathe in the fresh air. Stretch outside and get some much-needed vitamin D. Stuck indoors? Do some yoga, lookup YouTube workouts you can do at home, enjoy a nice hot cup of tea and rest for a little.
Some people think because you’re already at home, you won’t need a break. FALSE. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of work or other people. Take time, regroup, and you’ll feel much better diving back into work.
There are so many other things you can do to make yourself more productive, but the biggest thing is taking care of yourself, especially with what’s going on in 2020 right now. FaceTime your friends, do a puzzle, video chat with coworkers. Squeeze a little fun in and make the most out of this time – soon enough, we will be back to the hustle and bustle of everyday normalcy! Until then, stay positive.