A majority of the world has had to adapt to social distancing with little to no in person contact with others. For some this includes working from home indefinitely. Only a few weeks in and many of us are beginning to miss our regular work environments. Even more it has shown us how important it is to separate work and home
So for those having trouble in your new 9-5 set up we've gathered a few tips to help you get into a groove.
Don't worry we aren't going to make you meditate.
1. GO THROUGH THE AM MOTIONS
During a normal workweek you probably don't get to work and hit the ground running. You arrive, settle in, catch up with a co-worker, maybe you eat breakfast if you didn't at home. So just because your commute is now non-existent doesn't mean you should rush yourself into logging in and getting the work start.
Take your time and go through the motions of the morning. Make your tea, have a bit to eat, check some non-work related emails. Allow yourself to fully come out of your slumber.
2. DO ONE FEEL GOOD THING
Now that there's no dress code you probably feel inclined to work your way to Friday in your pajamas. Who wouldn't?! But Deion Sanders put it best when he said "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good." And we think he has the right idea!
Before you hit the x in the corner, we aren't suggesting you jump into a pencil skirt to sit at the kitchen table. Instead, swap out of your jammies for a clean pair of sweats or do a little makeup. You're less likely to fall into a funk if you feel a little put together.
I myself have committed to doing my hair in the morning. I always feel like I conquer the world when my hair is done! So find the self maintenance task that puts a pep in your step and work that into your new normal.
3. MAINTAIN A WORKSPACE
Integrating work life into your home environment can bring about all kinds of distractions (significant others, kids, overall lack of supervision). To avoid this potential work hazard dedicate a specific workspace in your home. A spot you can work comfortably with minimal distractions. This is not only helps to keep yourself focused on your tasks but it also signifies "work in progress."
If you are sharing your home with family, occupying this spot lets others know exactly when you are working and that all interactions should be limited. And at the end of your work day once you leave that spot it you can mentally take yourself out of work mode.
4. PICK MOOD MUSIC
A great way to get into a groove is playing a lengthy playlist or podcast. Having something in background can help get you into a work rhythm.
If you go the podcast route try a conversational side as oppose to informational. Informative podcast will have you trying to keep track of the topic and ultimately have you crossing wire with the work in front of you. If you prefer music try one the hour long study playlists. Each playlist has chill vibe that makes you feel like you're sitting in a coffee shop. Just type in "chill hop" on Youtube to get endless options.
5. UTILIZE ALARMS
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Your usual work environment comes with habits and signals. If your office grows quiet you can bet that everyone has migrated to a conference room or that it's lunch time. Now that you're working at home the subtle reminders are gone and you may find yourself working through a zoom meeting or lunch. Setting an alarm on your phone is a great way to keep yourself on track while working solo.
Don't forget to take breaks here and there. If all else fails you shouldn't feel comfortable reaching out to a supervisor about how overwhelmed you are feeling in this time. The sudden change can be anxiety inducing so just take it day by day!