As I’ve been working from home, the one thing that has stayed consistent is my morning routine. Having a routine in place has been my saving grace. It has created a positive and feel-good habit for me. So, let’s dive in and chat more about this thing I’m calling “my work from home guide.”
Let me start by saying, I’ll only share suggestions that fall within what you can control. We won’t talk about children today outside of me saying this, their entire world has been flipped upside down. Let them interrupt you, plan moments for them to say hello on a work video conference, eat meals with them, and carve out time throughout the day to step away and just be present. They. Need. You.
So, when I say “business casual”, what am I talking about? I’m talking about the structure, action, and effort you put into your day while working from home.
Let’s start from the beginning!
Have your own space.
When working from home, it can be easy to sit on the couch or at kitchen table. Heck, you may even put up shop from the comfort of your bed. All of these sound terrific but are full of distractions and lead to only beta state. Not to mention, you are surrounded by distractions! TV, social media, dirty dishes, snacks, you name it.
By having a proper workspace you are able to stay organized, focused, and in a state of alpha. You will be able to achieve at your highest level.
Get up as if you were going into the office.
Each morning get up and get ready as if you had your morning commute. I know, I know, it feels so good to hit snooze but don’t do it more than once. Rise Monday – Friday and sleep in on Saturday.
The extra time is a great time for me to rotate laundry, finish my coffee (while it is warm), listen to my auditable, or even get an hour or more of work in before my kiddos are up. These things feel good.
You may not thrive in the morning and think getting up early is silly but don’t knock it until you try it. Seriously, give it a shot. The month of May is the perfect timeframe!
Schedule your day.
To be at your best and to truly get things done, you need a schedule. My outlook calendar is my best friend through the work week.
I schedule not only meetings and work events but also productive peeks for myself. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings get 2 hours scheduled for me to get stuff done.
This schedule also helps me find some consistency in my weeks at home. My calendar adds some normalcy to the chaos that be.
Give yourself a break.
I do love talking about grace but that isn’t the kind of break I’m speaking of here. You need to pause, step away, move your body, rest your mind. I could go on but I think you get it.
Throughout your day use your schedule to block time for you. These blocks are small breaks to step away and just breathe.
A few mom breaks:
- Step outside and take in the fresh air (I love sitting on my deck).
- Take a walk to the mailbox or up and down the road you live on.
- Cuddle up with your little ones.
- Pick up that book you haven’t finished.
These breaks are separate from your lunch and aren’t just your bathroom breaks. Sitting all day in front of a computer screen at a desk is tough. Be mindful of these breaks as you plan your week and schedule them in advance.
It can be easy to fall into the habit of not interacting with co-workers outside of virtual meetings and corporate chat. Don’t let this be you. Make a mental note each day to connect with at least one co-worker on a personal level. We need human interaction and positive conversations with others helps!
For myself, I not only connect and ask, How are you doing? Or, How was your weekend? Or, Are you hanging in there? But I also send out small thank you notes and appreciation statements. We all need to hear we are doing well, especially through this time!
Know when to call it a day.
It can be very easy to fall into the bad habit of working long hours. Hours no one expects you to put in. Be mindful of your actions here.
I add end of day notes to my schedule that pop up 15 minutes before my day ends. These help. What also helps is shutting my computer down, turning my email and teams notifications off, and disconnecting from work.
Allow your priorities each evening to be your family, pets, hobbies, housework. Whatever and wherever your life needs you. Mine is three children who are always hungry and want to be outside. It’s a great way to disconnect from my day. We prep dinner and step outside into the sunshine!
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Keep doing your best, T.