As more and more of us are making a shift toward working from home, it can be tough to settle into a new routine. Regardless of the intention, you will enforce the habits you practice most, so now is a great time to be mindful of the practices you are putting in place while working in a more relaxed, and maybe even more comfortable working environment (hellooooo stretchy pants!). Take this time to develop healthy boundaries around your work schedule and home life, and enjoy the process while you’re in it- this will pass.
Here are some tips for how to set yourself up for success while working from home:
Set “office hours” for yourself so that you can help keep yourself accountable. This will not only help you stay focused on work, it also gives your kids (if they’re home, too) designated time to do work if they have it. The structure might seem tough at first, but just like any new situation, you can adapt. You can try the Pomodoro Technique, which is setting a timer for 25 min of uninterrupted work, then taking a mandatory 5 min break no matter what you are doing at the end of that working period.
Fill a large water bottle or pitcher with water and sip on it while you’re sitting at your computer doing work. Every time you have to go to the bathroom, go and then walk around for 5 minutes before going back to work. If you use the Pomodoro Technique, make sure you aren’t getting up in the middle of the 25 min working period!
On grazing or extra snacking- move any snack foods away from where you are doing work. Put them away at the back of the pantry, or all the way in the back of the cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind.
Set breakfast, lunch, and dinner times. Those are your meals, not working times. Be present when you eat- no distractions from emails or any other tasks. Take the opportunity to slow down and be present with your family for these meals. It’s a blessing in disguise to get this extra time to spend with them.
This new schedule can be your opportunity to work on your sleep, and actually eat a home-cooked meal in the middle of the day. Those things alone can be a silver lining!
Your perception is your reality, and you can either view this as a stressful and uncertain time, or you can focus on what is in your control and spend the rest of the time enjoying this serendipitous experience.