Stay at home when you can! You might be sick of hearing this over and over again by now, but it really is sound advice and one of the best things the average Joe can contribute in this current situation. The world still needs to keep on turning, however, and it’s on all of us to do the best we can in a situation like this, even when staying in bed and vegging out might seem like the most important thing in the world for you whenever you’re at home!
Getting past that feeling and keeping the gears in your mind active and moving isn’t a challenge, though, and here are some steps you can take to get in the right mood for it:
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1. Stick to a schedule
Staying home doesn’t mean that your routine has to fall apart. Going to bed when you usually do and getting up at your usual time should be enough to keep a healthy state of mind for you to keep doing what you need to do. It would probably help to try adapting your own personal routines to home—try making your own brew of that cup of coffee you usually buy, or working out in what ways you can at home while the gym’s off-limits! Some people even recommend dressing as if you were going out to work to really get you in the right state of mind, and if that doesn’t work, at least you’ve showered and put on some clean clothes!
2. Make your own office at home
The space around you is just as much an influence on your state of mind as everything else. Lounging around all day in cool, dimly-lit room in a soft chair really is a wonderful idea, but it definitely isn’t the best thing for someone looking to get their head in a creative space! Set aside a well-lit and productive space for you just to work in, and soon enough it’ll be as if you were right at the office every time you sit down there.
3. Talk about it with family
Keeping to these two other steps isn’t going to be much help if the people you live with insist on popping in and out playing music, putting the TV on too loud, or asking you to do things for them while you’re busy. It would help to communicate with family that you’re going to need some time to yourself while you work from home, and even a couple of hours undistracted by them would go a long way to helping with your productivity.
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4. Stay distraction-free
The temptation to goof off when you have other responsibilities is definitely a big one while you’re stuck at home, but it’s important to be on target when you need to be, too. If this temptation’s too much for you to resist while you’re at home, there are plenty of productivity apps online that you can use to block off distracting websites during scheduled times of day, and some of them even function as games for you to encourage you to work undistracted.
5. Remember that you’re still at home
Being at home like this, while it might seem ideal, also blurs the boundaries between here and work. After all, working from home might also mean getting so engrossed in your work that you’ve forgotten to feed your pets, or even yourself! Having a clearly defined schedule for you to work through the day would help here, and maybe setting an alarm or two to remind you to get started with lunch or to wrap up your work before dinner would be good to keep the overwork stress away, too! With that, it’s just as important to take a break when you feel like you need it, too, and that working from home doesn’t mean that your whole life has to revolve around it!
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