Have you been struggling to stay on task or getting into a new routine in the last few weeks? As someone who loves having a routine and needs to have a schedule to stay on task, I was definitely thrown off when everything changed. After 2 weeks of working from home, I feel like I have finally gotten into a good rhythm! Maybe some of you were able to adjust much quicker, but for me it took some time. So in case anyone else is having a difficult time with the adjustment, I wanted to share some tips that have helped me!
- Set work hours. The first couple weeks I was trying to get work done here and there with no set time as “work hours” and it was a mess! It was stressful, and I was not very efficient with my time. I have now set a block of time each day for work and it has made a huge difference.
- Write out the tasks you need to accomplish each day. Depending on your job this might already be done for you, but for others your tasks might be a little more flexible as to when they get done. At the beginning of the week, I have started writing on my calendar the tasks I want to get done each day with the most important things listed at the top of each day. Throughout the week I might need to make adjustments, but I have found it helpful to have a general plan of attack at the beginning of the week.
- Plan the time you’re going to workout. This was another thing that I was doing randomly during the day whenever I felt like it, which was fine but it doesn’t work as well if you are trying to have set work hours. Having your workout planned helps to ensure that the workout will get done, and it gives you a break in the day. I have found that having my workout in the middle of the day has been best for me. I work for a few hours, workout, each lunch, then get back to work. The break in the day has been helpful for my productivity!
- Take short breaks. Speaking of breaks, it’s important to take short 5-10 minute breaks from work during the day as well. For one, it allows you to get up and move your body, but it also gives your mind a break and allows you to refocus your attention.
- Be kind to yourself. All of these tips have definitely made me more efficient and productive with my time, but that doesn’t mean I’m perfect at it now. I still get distracted and off task sometimes, but I’m trying to remind myself and want to remind you guys that that is OK. Try not to be too hard on yourself. This isn’t working from home under normal circumstances. It’s a crazy, stressful time that we are in, and all we can do is the best that we can. Control what you can control, and give yourself some grace when things don’t go as planned.