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I keep thinking about all the people who are now working from home and that is something I know very well and have been doing for 5 years now. If you’re now working for home here are some great tips!
- Pick 1 or 2 days a week to sleep in, the rest of the days (M-F) set your alarm and get up like you would normally.
- Keep your morning routine. YES….. shower and put on clothes and makeup. Even if it’s a sports bra and yoga pants that is better than pjs.
- Put on tennis shoes!!! When I get out of bed in the morning the first thing I do is brush my teeth and put on tennis shoes with workout clothes. You will be more productive and not feel the urge to go sit on the couch or bed.
- This one might be a bit much, but it does work! After you’ve got ready for the day, make your coffee in a to go cup and get in your car. Drive around the block and pull back into your garage. When you walk into your house go straight into your office. Your mind and body know it’s time to work.
- Create an office space. Get your computer, charger, snacks, water, hand sanitizer, notebook and whatever else you need to work all in one spot.
- Get rid of distractions by keeping the tv off, shutting doors to the messy laundry or play room, putting the dogs away and keeping your phone in the kitchen. Obviously if you need your phone to make calls you can have it with you. At least turn off all notifications while you are working. You will get so much more done in a short amount of time.
- Before you go to bed:
- Make a list of the MUST-Do’s for the next day. These are things you can bust out in a few hours. Do them first, that way you know you had a productive day by noon.
- Do a clean sweep of the house and tidy up your office area. This way, in the morning you’re not worried about cleaning house and you can go straight to your office.
- Put out the clothes you’re going to wear even if it’s sweat pants! Getting out of bed can be hard, but if you have more things prepared it’s easier to get up and start your day. Read “The 5 Second Rule” if you’re struggling with getting out of bed.
- If you have KIDS AT HOME: Depending on their age obviously, let them know you are working by putting a big HEART on your door. Explain to them you are working or on a call, because you LOVE them and are working hard to support them and your family. Once the heart has been taken down they can come in for a kiss or ask a question.
- If you have a NEWBORN: Wake up BEFORE them. This is the best time to get work done. Even if it’s 5am, it’s worth it. If you and your spouse are both home during this time, take turns and set hours for who is on kid duty and who gets to work. (We have a 6 month old and it’s hard! Take turns with your spouse. Each night we trade off and on who is responsible to get up with the baby during the night. That person is also in charge of giving the first bottle in the morning. This allows the other person to get some sleep during the night and get up early to work.
- Schedule Facetime or Zoom meetings. This keeps you accountable and it’s more fun to have meetings this way.
I hope this was helpful!! Please reach out if you have more questions.
Let’s get through this hard time together.