Over the past week, I’ve had to readjust how I do things. And the first week wasn’t easy – at all. I was frustrated, a little bit panicked and anxious and just not feeling like myself overall. But now that we’re a week in, I’m going to share a few things that have helped me to stay productive (and sane) while working from home:
1. Get up at same time you would typically get up to go to your office. Working from home doesn’t mean sleeping in late. In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do, because when you return to work, your entire sleeping pattern will be so thrown off you’ll return to work exhausted and your productiveness will go right out the window. And, after your company has been so supportive of you during this time, that is not the way you’ll want to repay them. This also applies to the time you go to bed. Do not binge an entire season of something on Netflix in one night. You have plenty more nights in quarantine to do that.
2. Get dressed, do your makeup, do your hair. Trust me. You’ll want to do this. Because if you don’t, your computer will start ringing and before you know it you have to anxiously accept a video conference call and it won’t be your best look. Take it from me, get ready early and be ready for anything the day throws at you.
3. Stay nourished. I’m not quite sure how the first couple of days I forgot to eat breakfast. And that turned into a quick breakfast at 11, a handful of Reese’s cups at “lunch” and a large dinner because by then I was starving. Not good. The whole thing, not good at all.
Make sure you eat as you would if at work or even better, because you have access to more options at home. Take it from me, don’t buy any chocolate. Don’t do it. Or buy it, but then have your husband hide it and have him give it to you only if you’re legitimately in the middle of a breakdown. You’ll save yourself from a sugar crash and weight gain.
4. Take an actual break. Whether you have a desk set up or are working from any place with a seat and a place for your laptop or computer, you need to get up and get away. Last week, I noticed an increase in my chocolate cravings and back pain because I literally sat in one spot on the couch for too long. It was partially my lack of moving, but also recognize partially because of those daily handfuls of chocolate (ok, I also had some at night too. But that was last week. I swear!). In all seriousness though, get up, move around, if it’s nice out, go for a walk around the block. Just get away.
5. Stay connected. Just because you’re not physically at work with your colleagues doesn’t mean you can’t be there for them. I’m lucky enough to have a team that stays in contact all day through messaging, even when we sit 10 feet away from each other. For those who aren’t used to it, download the apps that allow you to stay connected with your boss, your colleagues, your customers. Chat with them through platforms like Microsoft Teams or Zoom, have a video chat (see, #2 is key) about work or just to have a conversation and see their faces. Get on social and link up with others. Keep that sense of community. It’s times like these where we may feel more alone than ever (apart from my barking dog or loud chewing husband) but you don’t have to be. Check in and reach out often and you’ll find that it will positively affect your mood and consequently your work.
I hope these 5 tips help as we navigate this new (and hopefully brief) world we’re living in. How are you all staying sane? Can you relate to any of these? Let us know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share some of your tips. And always know if you need to reach out and talk to someone, your supplier marketing team is here. From marketing to music and really anything in between, we love to chat and don’t want anyone feeling alone during this time. Stay safe, stay positive, stay sane and stay productive!