Are you finding it challenging to stay focused on your work? Perhaps you have children who are running around or fussing because they are bored, and you’re having a difficult time getting anything done? You may be feeling out of sorts and out of your regular routine. You’re not alone! These are all normal feelings for these unprecedented circumstances.
The key is to remain present in-the-moment and practice gratitude for all of the positive things in your day-to-day. It’s true. We cannot experience worry or stress when we are in gratitude. How can you practice gratitude throughout your day? Well, you can do that in a few ways. You can journal and write out what you are grateful for each morning or evening. You can thank your children for playing quietly when you’re on a call. You can thank your clients or potential clients for their understanding in the first line of your email back to their inquiry. Practice gratitude, take short, frequent breaks, get outside for a walk or with your children to play in your backyard are all way to help you stay present during this pandemic. This can be such a powerful way to keep negative feelings at bay during this time of isolation.
A few tips for working from home during this time…
Have a solid schedule in place each day.
We use time-blocking on a regular basis in our office. Now that we are all working remotely, it’s up to each of us to be accountable for our various tasks. The key to effectively work from home and especially with children sharing your office time; is to set good boundaries and clear expectations, and then manage them accordingly. Set out a daily schedule for yourself and your family:
- Wake up at a reasonable time each day, get dressed and eat a good breakfast. If you have a partner or family, you can eat breakfast together. This will be a really positive start to your day and will set the tone.
- Plan out meals and snacks using a whiteboard or chart, if you can. Giving your family a visual will be helpful for everyone to know what to expect and when. Encourage them to share what they would like, discuss nutrition and what the options are for healthy meals and fun too!
- Providing your children with activities that stimulate their creativity such as; drawing, painting, play dough, building with blocks or Lego, can keep them busy while you’re on a call or when you need to focus on a particular, time-sensitive task.
- Quiet time for reading can help them feel calm and get lost in the story or image of a puzzle they are working on.
- Ensure that your children have outside time for that dose of fresh air, a little vitamin D and some exercise as we know, active bodies help to keep their little minds healthy and balanced as well – lesser meltdowns?! ☺
- Setting boundaries is having that conversation with your young children to say, “When I am on a call, or my office door is closed, that means I need for you to play or do an activity.” This will help manage their day and let them know your needs. Communicate the importance of their role in supporting you and your work. They will respect you and they will also look forward to Mommy and/or Daddy time later on!
Practice good health and wellness.
We all know that eating healthy, drinking lots of water and exercise are all good for us. How well do you practice all of these on a day-to-day basis though? There are a few ways to practice good health and take care of our own well-being. For instance, taking frequent breaks. Get up from your desk and going for a brisk walk to get your blood circulating can really improve your mental clarity and focus. We all need a break and especially during this time of uncertainty, when your mind begins to wander, you may start to feel worried and stress. You may start thinking about the future and asking yourself questions like; what will happen with work or my business? How long will this continue? Will everything be okay? Will my family and I be safe? Thinking too much about the future can conjure up fear and have you creating stories. A good way to alleviate stress and worry is to stay present and breathe.
Stay connected with colleagues and friends.
There are so many ways to connect with other people today. Be sure to pick up the phone, text, Facetime, Facebook Live, or use Zoom to reach out to your friends, colleagues and family. Human connection is absolutely critical at the best of times. In this current state of self-isolation, it is even more critical to connect with others and make sure we are all safe, healthy and well –mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s a great time as well, to brainstorm and share your ideas. You can take this opportunity to learn and grow together. This is what we talked about earlier, with balance and taking breaks –you can go for a walk and call a colleague, a friend or your business partner to go over some of your ideas. Often the best ideas and innovation come out of those spontaneous conversations.
Play relaxing music while you work.
YouTube has incredible and endless amounts of music for everything from meditation, to chakra healing, to manifestation, positivity and stress relief therapy. Choose music that is both uplifting and relaxing. This can raise your vibration during the day and thus keeping your energy up, especially since you are likely working alone right now with COVID-19 isolation in full effect. The one thing that I notice when I am listening to music, specifically instrumentals or meditation music, is it actually helps me to become laser-focused and channel my thoughts –particularly certain frequencies.
Set goals for yourself with real target dates.
Yes, these are challenging times and we are not quite sure when things will return to normal. That said, this is the time to really clarify what you want, identify potential opportunities and set goals for yourself and your business. You may be saying, well I feel as though it’s more about survival right now. Okay, you are probably right and that also requires goals and target dates. You may want to look at what you can do to keep some income flowing in, while your business is closed during the lockdown. Ask yourself, what is possible right now? How can I best use my time to create something cool? What is the opportunity? What do people need right now? Am I able to offer them that special something??
We trust that you found these tips helpful in your quest for strategies to work more effectively from home. Please feel free to reach out to us and ask questions, or share your feedback. We wish you, your family, friends and colleagues, continued good health during this COVID-19 situation.