With the rapid spreading of COVID-19, and more and more people either on self-quarantine or practicing social distancing, many of us are working from home.Â While working from home definitely has its perks â€“ no commute! â€“ there can also be some challenges when it comes to motivation and productivity.Â Here are 7 tips to help you get through this time of isolation.
- Keep a routine
If you get up every day and shower or workout, continue to do that. Donâ€™t wake up 30 min before your first call and plan to rock it as is.
- Create boundaries
Talk to your friends, family and roommates about what you need to stay productive. Create a plan before there is a fight. Even if you donâ€™t live with anyone, friends and family will stop by – say â€œnoâ€ create boundaries.
- Go for a walk
Going for a walk around the blog and getting some fresh air and new scenery will allow you to not feel like the walls are closing in.Â If you have a dog, they will thank you for this too.Â Just be sure you stay at least 6 feet away from people at all times.
- Set daily goals
Make sure that you know what has to be accomplished that day and things you need to start working on. Write it down, and make a plan to get it done. This way, you donâ€™t get distracted cleaning the whole house, just to realize you lost track of time and need to stay up late to get your work done.
- Have a project that is yours
This is mainly to keep you sane when you need time away from the people you live with. We all need space and alone time.
- Schedule Breaks
Schedule in your 15 minute breaks and your lunch break, then take them in their ENTIRETY!Â Get some cleaning done, go for a walk, or just sit for a few minutes.Â Just because you are working from home does not mean you shouldnâ€™t take your normal breaks like you would if you were in the office.
- Stay Social
Video chat a colleague.Â Have video meetings.Â Do something social that helps you keep team morale, while still staying safe.