Setting my mind into a routine is helpful because it provides structure that pushes away feelings of anxiety. When my mind always knows what’s coming next, it doesn’t have as much time to wonder. Figure out what works for you and start the day off with the right mindset! What gives you energy and helps you start the day feeling grounded and ready to tackle anything? For me, getting my workout done first thing in the morning sets everything into motion.
Sticking to a routine also means sticking to set hours. As a mom, wife, and a small business owner, I understand it can be challenging to differentiate those aspects of life – especially when they all blur together under one roof right now. Establishing set hours and a designated work area has allowed me to make time just for work, and helped create a space where I feel focused and productive.
Even with set hours and a designated space, distractions are inevitable – at least in my house. My kiddos always keep me on my toes, and the biggest lesson while working from home has been learning how to roll with the punches and adapt. It’s helped to remind myself that I am not the only one working from home with little ones running around right now. We are all doing the best we can considering the circumstances, and that is enough.
Now that we are spending the majority of our time at home, taking meaningful breaks to unwind and recharge is so important. Taking a walk around the block, doing a quick at-home workout or taking a moment to meditate can help lower stress and refocus your mind. Plus, after being inside all day, getting some fresh air has been amazing!
Thankfully, the ability to stay in communication with one another is quite literally at our fingertips. If you typically have a weekly meeting, still get the team together through Zoom or Facetime and try to preserve that sense of normalcy. Also, keep in mind that we are all still adjusting to these changes and it can be difficult. Make the time to reach out to your coworkers and/or employees. You may not all be together, but you are still a team and it is important to maintain ‘office’ morale. Although it’s not our standard meetings, I look forward to them now more than ever!
What are your tips for working from home?