Okay… the world is turning upside down right now. Schools are closed, social events cancelled, and EVERYONE is working from home. It’s so easy to fall into the rut of staying in your pajamas all day, becoming unproductive, binging ALL the tv shows, and mindlessly watching TikTok. How do you avoid this? Here are 7 simple tips for saving your sanity when working from home:
1. Get your blood flowing.
While you’re waiting for your Kerig to warm up, do a quick workout to boost your endorphins, as well as your metabolism. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, just a few jumping-jacks, crunches, push-ups… just a 5-20 min routine to wake-up your nervous system. Plus: it really does energize you.
2. Get ready, and get dressed.
One of the FIRST things people fantasize about working from home is having the luxury of working in their comfort of their pajamas. This is bad. Studies have shown that what you wear does have psychological benefit. As Scientific American points out, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Doesn’t mean you have to get runway ready or sport your “power suit” every day, but look presentable, as you would if you were going out in public.
3. Top 3.
As humans, we are CONSTANTLY juggling multiple tasks every minute of every day. Sometimes we can get so consumed with what we need to get done, that we never even fulfill those duties. The BEST way to succeed in daily tasks is to prioritize. Make a list of ALL your duties for the day and put the MOST important 3 at the top of your list and DO THOSE FIRST! It sounds simple, but each night commit to making a list of TOP 3 PRIORITIES for the next day. It will be a game changer!
4. Get out!
Sometimes, when working from home, we find ourselves so secluded that we basically become hermits. Now, I now right now we are social distancing, but you can still go outside and get some fresh air. It will revitalize you, plus the vitamin D boost will help with your hormones so that you can get a good night’s sleep. Without daylight, you may fall into the trap of sleeping all day and working all night which can really affect your sleep pattern in the worst way.
Give yourself 1 hour a day without any technology. Let’s face it: the temptation to stay connected to our devices is strong. Fight that urge and allow your mind to decompress. Not only will it will improve your productivity and may help with sleep. Of course, the better you get at digital detox, you could add onto your “unplug” time. Give it a try 😉
6. Me, me, me.
Yes. I’m telling you to be a little selfish. Often times we are committing our time, mind, and even our physical selves to others whether we realize it or not. Whether you’re a parent with 3 kids or you live alone, chances are you give your time and thought to others more than you give yourself. It could be with social media, work, caring for your family or a pet… doesn’t matter how you give your time, but you do. Set aside a little time for yourself each day. What is your guilty pleasure? What do you enjoy? What makes you happy? Whatever your answer, take time to do that each day.
7. Feed your body.
No, not chips and soda. I mean prepare meaningful, nutritious meals that will truly feed your body with what it needs. Psychology Today suggests that cooking can actually improve your mental health. Plus, if your body is happy, you are happy, so be conscious about what you put into it.
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