What is your daily routine during the pandemic? You probably wake up a bit later than you usually did a few months ago and stumble into the kitchen to throw together whatever you are feeling for breakfast. After that, you walk back to your room and 'get ready' for the day, and then you take your brief 10-second commute to the desk in your home. From there on out, you barely leave the 'office' except for occasional bathroom and snack breaks. Once your virtual meetings are out of the way, you probably take that same 10-second commute back to your room before finishing up the workday. Maybe you will have the time and motivation for a workout, perhaps the desire to whip up a delicious homemade meal. But before you know it, it is time for bed and you to do it all over again. With weeks of this exact routine already in the books, we must question how much longer we have left.
As I'm sure all of us have shared some similar experiences with these working at home orders from our companies, I wanted to lay out some common frustrations and how to solve them. One of the biggest complaints I have heard about and also experienced myself is trying to unplug after work. We work 7-9 hour days in the isolation of our home with rarely ever leaving, and once the day comes to an end, it is quite challenging to let your mind go the office space.
Keeping a clean and tidy workspace will be essential to keep your productivity up while working remotely. Whether that means moving your desk or a table into the guest room or even just working from the same place at the kitchen table every day, your body needs to associate it with the office mindset and everywhere else in the house detached from it. In my experience, this has been the best way for me to be more productive and to disconnect after the workday.
One of the next issues I have heard much fuss over was lack of motivation. While I think we are all susceptible to falling into the same cycles of being unmotivated or feeling 'out of it,' there are some very effective ways to break this cycle. The first is to set achievable goals. I always set smaller goals for myself throughout the workday that take about an hour or so to achieve. Setting goals gives us a sense of motivation and accomplishment once we complete a task. Once I accomplish these goals, I allow myself 5-10 minutes to either get a snack or refill my water bottle or even go for a quick walk around the house. For me, getting up after increments of working allows my brain to stay fresh. Another way to keep motivated is quite simple. Get dressed! It takes absolutely no time or effort to get dressed as if you were going to work, and research has shown time and time again that dressing the part helps your productivity in a workplace environment. So say goodbye to wearing your PJs to the virtual meetings, and say hello to your new, motivated working self.
While it is impossible to know when we will all be back in the office, the office we never thought we would miss, we must embrace the days we work from home and make the most of them! I hope my advice on how to feel 'unplugged' at the end of the day and stay motivated throughout the day will help you over these next few weeks or months. If you think your business may experience hardships during these times, the stimulus package may be able to help! We want to do our part by offering a free consultancy session, book a call to chat with us about your business! Please stay safe and as always wings up my fellow birdies!