If it’s not the fridge calling your name every five minutes or your cat demanding your attention, it’s something. You’re hard-pressed for time and have numerous deadlines to meet, yet somehow you can’t focus. It’s understandable, we’re all in the same boat!
It goes without saying that when you’re working from home, whether it be in the company of spouses, children, or family members – you’re not really seen as “being at work.” In their mind, you’re at home and as present as you’ll ever be.
For some reason, everybody needs something from you at the exact time as a scheduled conference call or meeting. Not to mention the interruptions that occur during said meeting.
It should be easy to work from home. You get the added benefit of ditching the uncomfortable bras, shoes, and pants. You’re in your comfort zone with copious amounts of food and warmth to keep you going. Theoretically, it should be a dream to do but in reality, it’s a cruel joke.
Working from home requires a certain degree of discipline as well as will power. We tend to procrastinate more whilst at home than we would if we were at work. We’ve all pondered the thought and conclusion that our companies wouldn’t collapse if we took an hour, or two or three out of our schedule to catch up on a show that we missed during the week.
Truth be told, we are flawed in our thinking. We’re getting paid to do our jobs during this crisis and as such, we should give our best foot forward. Being new to the concept myself, I’ve found a few ways to make working from home as productive as possible.
Set aside your workstation from your personal life.
This is easier said than done, but if you are successful in doing so, the definitive boundary will ease your mind into compartmentalizing your work priorities from home life.
Get up and get dressed.
By getting dressed, you’re subconsciously preparing for a day at the office rather than a day spent lounging around. I didn’t think this would work but trust me on this one, it does.
One of the differences between working in the office or being at home is the number of snack breaks we take. More often than not, if we were to be supervised in our current state, we’d most likely be found on the sofa, in our sleepshirt with chip crumbs on our chest and an ignored workstation in the background. Combat this by sticking to your regular lunchtimes and spending them away from your workstation to give your mind a break.
Set boundaries with your families.
Clearly indicate the times in which you will be busy and emphasize the importance of such. Distractions can cause a loss of ideas and thoughts.
Write down your list of deadlines and prioritize them as such. The easiest way to tackle procrastination or an overwhelming sense of desperation is to write it down and organize them according to their importance.
Keep in mind that each and every situation should be altered according to your personal state of being. Everybody is unique and the aforementioned are merely guidelines to help ease the urgency or frustration that you may or not be feeling.
Remember, it is perfectly acceptable to take a break to clear your mind and let your creative juices flow – just don’t let that be your downfall.