How to Plan Your Day (Be Productive While Working From Home)
The rise and fall of Covid 19 cases have made remote work an ideal setting when it comes to earning a living. Some are thrilled and can breeze their way through the entire process, while others struggle to find balance. But is working from home ideal? The truth is, just like in an office setting, working remotely has its pros and cons. But let’s not talk about the disadvantages of working from home now, shall we? This blog is all about helping you find the drive and focus.
Because let’s face it, working from home is not all rainbows and butterflies. It will require you to be more disciplined to render yourself productive. So if you’re interested to know a work from home strategy that is guaranteed to work, don’t close that window just yet!
WAKE UP AT LEAST AN HOUR OR TWO BEFORE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE
Some people who work remotely have an open work schedule, while others need to clock in at a specific time. Regardless of what your work time is, it will be best if you have an hour or two to yourself before you start working. This will allow you to do your chores, exercise, meditate or simply just have some quiet time.
This will lower the feeling of anxiety and stress and will work wonders for your mental health.
LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GOOD
Just because you are working from home, it doesn’t mean you are allowed to look like a train wreck! Okay, maybe that’s a little over the top! But seriously, looking presentable even at home will give you the drive and confidence to take on the day! Working on your yoga pants is comfortable and yes, one of the perks of working from home is the comfort that you can’t have in an office setting.
Try to compromise! Let’s say you want to work on your pj’s, but at least put on some light makeup and fix your hair a bit. If you look good, you will feel good about yourself and this helps with productivity. Not only will you be ready for those emergency Zoom meetings, but you will feel more accomplished and it will resonate with your work.
HAVE A TIDY DESIGNATED WORKSPACE
Having a home office is ideal if you work remotely. Not only will you have privacy when you work but this will also help you when it comes to productivity. If you have a small space, it’s okay there’s no need to worry. The key is to look for an area that will make you feel comfortable when you’re in the zone. It can either be your dining table, living room, or even your kitchen counter!
One factor that you seriously need to consider when choosing an area to work on is keeping it neat and organized. A clean space will help you clear your mind and free it up of any distractions.
Before you start your day, make sure you write down all the things that you need to accomplish, even those that are not work-related. This way, you will have an idea if you still have the time to do some personal chores or reserve it for the next day. After you have written everything down, the next step is to prioritize!
You can start by doing the tasks that will take you the most time. Since your energy level is at its highest when you’re just starting your day, getting the hard stuff done will render you more productive compared to doing it later when you start to feel like you're in a slump.
LIGHT A CANDLE
Taking breaks can help reduce stress and productivity. Giving yourself time to rest will allow you the mental clarity that you need to get through the day. So what exactly should you do when taking a pause? We suggest off-the-screen pauses. You are already spending a lot of time facing your computer and mobile phones while working. Do you need to spend more time with your gadgets even on your breaks?
Take a break that your body will thank you for. One thing is lighting a candle. There are a lot of aromatherapy candles that help with productivity and stress relief. Get yourself a snack, put on some soothing music, and let the scent of the candle fill your room with energy. Now that’s a break one should look forward to every working day.
Working from home can take a toll on your mental health. If you have worked in an office setting for a long time, you need to give yourself time to adapt to your new working environment. These days, a lot of establishments have already opened their doors to the public, granted that they follow safety protocols. But if you still have hesitations and just want to be on the safe side, it’s okay!
Why not video chat with your friends or co-workers and see how they’re doing. Send them funny memes or inspirational messages! Anything that will make them and yourself feel connected to the outside world. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who loves to keep to themselves, you still need to reach out to those people you haven’t spoken to in a while or talk to those who are closest to you.
The point here is, having a light conversation with those around you will do you great and can take the load off after a busy day!