We are all in the middle of a truly crazy season of life right now. So much has happened these last few weeks and I feel like everyone was just thrown the biggest curveball of the year. With the spread of COVID-19 and new “shelter in place” orders rolling out to new cities each day, most of us are now working from home. (And to all of our healthcare workers and first responders– thank you for continuing to serve our communities so well and fight this terrible virus!!)
I know the transition to working from home is not easy for many people. It’s hard to feel so isolated, find motivation, and be productive. I’ve been primarily working from home over the last 2 years and have learned a lot along the way.
So today I’m sharing how to be productive while working from home and how you can even get even MORE done! Enjoy these tips and tricks!
I know, I know. This is probably the piece of advice you’ve heard before. But it makes a HUGE difference! Getting dressed in real clothes is my #1 productivity tip when working from home. I’m not saying you need to put on your blazer and dress pants (heck no!)… I’m not even saying you need to wear pants that button! But making sure I change out of my pajamas/sweats and into something like a pair of yoga pants and a sweater makes me feel like the day is really starting and it’s time to get to work. Plus, you don’t want to be that person who has to pretend their camera isn’t working on the group video chat because you weren’t prepared to be seen!
Work Out In The Morning.
This tip is something I implemented over the last year and has been such a game changer!! Did you know you burn more calories throughout the day if you workout in the morning? I’ve also found that morning workouts lead to increased focus, is a mood booster, and provides you with more overall energy throughout the day. Plus, it’s so easy to workout on the morning if you work from home! Once you remove a commute from your daily schedule, all of the sudden you have an extra 30 minutes-1 hour to start your day!
This one is perhaps the hardest tip but also the most necessary! When you work from home, it’s really easy to blur the lines between the work day and home life. When I’m in my home office, I consider that me being at work and when I leave, I try to disconnect from the work day. If you don’t have a physical office in your home, try being “on” when your computer is open and “off the clock” when you close your laptop for the day. Just because everyone is working from home does not mean that you should feel the need to be working and responding to emails at all hours of the day. Especially right now keeping a sense of routine and normalcy is key.
If you’re working on a team that is used to being together in-person, it is SO important to over-communicate. Set up a team Slack channel, share Trello task boards, schedule daily touch bases… whatever it takes to be completely transparent and open with each other!
Eat Lunch Outside! (If possible)
It’s springtime and it’s starting to be so nice outside. So if you can, eat lunch outside! It’s good to change up your environment during lunchtime, step away from work for a few minutes, and get some vitamin D. Sunshine always makes your day better. 🙂
Give Yourself Grace.
Chances are, being home all day working is new for you. So give yourself a little grace! Try out new routines and see what works best for you. We’re all figuring things out and it’s ok to not have this down pat after week 1. Take a deep breathe and know that you’ll get the hang of it soon enough.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Sending warm wishes to everyone and hope you’re all staying safe and healthy during this time!