Working/School from Home Tips
With everything going on with the Corona Virus in today’s world we were all working or doing online school from our homes. With cases back on the rise in some U.S. states, and others going back a phase or two of their reopening plans, we might need to learn new ways to be productive while staying home once again. If you didn’t master your time management strategies back in March or April of this year, here are some ways to make your work from home life much more manageable.
Time management is something that we all struggle with on occasion. It can be especially difficult when working or doing schoolwork from home. The reasoning behind this is because when you physically have somewhere to go, your mind associates yourself doing work and being productive elsewhere. And associates home with relaxation and down time. So, when the world was put in a stay at home status, we had to adapt. It became necessary for people to be creative. Finding new ways to make their homes, their new work spaces as well.
The biggest tip is to make your workday from home as similar as possible to when you’re at work or school. Try to stay on a similar sleep schedule. Waking up and going to sleep at the same time will help even though it might be more tempting to stay up later and watch movies. Even though you no longer have to commute in the morning use your extra time for some relaxation or meditation. Sit outside with a cup of coffee and enjoy your time in the morning without feeling like you need to rush to beat the traffic. It is a known fact that people who are really successful say it is so important to make time for yourself in the morning and not to just rush out the door. Maybe for you, working out in the morning is something that will get your day and mind moving. For some people its yoga or meditation. Find something that works for you and implement it into your daily routine.
The next tip is so important to being able to work well at home. It is separating your home life and your workspace into different areas. Now I know this may seem difficult, but this can be done whether you live in a studio apartment or an 18-room mansion. All you need is a desk space that is separated off from where you do your living, dining, and sleeping. Now even if this desk space is in your bedroom or living room it can work. You should just be sure that you only utilize that desk space for work. If you want to relax or eat or sleep it needs to be done elsewhere. Once you associate that separation it will be easy to work in that space.
The last quick tip that I have is to take frequent breaks. Whether this is a snack break or a social break, just be diligent with them. If you’re giving yourself 15 minutes, actually do 15 minutes. It can be more tempting to slack off when at home because there’s so many distractions. But this is where having self-discipline is necessary to succeed. We will all get through this together!
By Natalie Coil