By: Beverly Ponce
Our new reality is stressful and can be very exhausting for the busy gal trying to have it all, here are some tips and tricks to help you conquer your work game!
1. Start Strong
Trust me, I am not a morning person. So this one is the hardest yet the most important because it really impacts your day. As someone who suffers from anxiety, starting your morning strong is so important. Put your coffee in your cutest mug, make an actual meal, and switch to jeans for a change…I know I know, yoga pants are life but it’s important to change it up. Trust me, if you can just make that extra inch of effort in the morning will make all the difference.
2. Take breaks
Working from home can feel like breaks are not okay. Wrong. You need to take breaks and an easy way to do this is to schedule “blocks” in your calendar so you can. Taking a few moments for yourself during the day will help break up your work day and reset. Ideally you take this break without your phone, its still a screen and you’re trying to have a break from that. Try tackling one chore you’ve been putting off, fix your bed, or go for a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood, just try using this time for yourself.
3. Designate phone time with an alarm.
When you have a lot on your plate, and even more on going on online, it can be hard to turn off your phone and focus on work. I’ve started putting alarms on so I know when I’ve been on my phone more than 15 minutes. I’m big into TikTok these days and it’s hard to find juuust the right video to end on. So when my alarm goes off, it’s an obvious reminder that I’ve been on my phone tooo long, well that and the constant slack pings (we’re up to four as we speak)
4. Take your lunch away from your deck
Sometimes the day is too busy for a full lunch, trust me I get it! However, if you can, take your lunch somewhere new. On the patio, in the dining room or in the front yard on a pretty blanket, just try and get away from your laptop. That lunch will help feel like an escape and will allow you to enjoy some “you time” during an 8 hour work day.
5. Make your designated workspace zen!
I mean c’mon, this speaks for itself…
6. Ask for help!
Whether it’s having an honest conversation with your boss or setting ground rules with your coworkers; it’s okay to let people know that you need to unplug and anything sent after a certain time will be responded to the next day. The earlier you set those boundaries, the better. You may think it’s only one email or slack message but enough of those and you’ll start to create an expectation that you are always “online” . I fall victim to this all the time, but at the end of the day, it’s about your mental health and being available 24/7 is not healthy or realistic.
7. Leave the house
I know, these days it’s hard to know exactly what is safe with “leaving the house” but even if its a cute social distance picnic, scenic hike or a simple coffee run to your favorite shop all these things are important. You are cooped up in the house all day and answering emails so unplugging outside when you can, will help end this darn 2020 groundhogs day curse.
End the week with a gift!
It’s important to celebrate another week of working from home with a gift or personal gesture like a fun trip to Target, we all need a new candle to continue this fall vibe. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself for a good week of work. This whole new working from home reality is stressful and if you don’t take time for yourself, then you’ll take that exhaustion into the next week and that’s only going to hurt your work. Do not be afraid to treat yo self, because if you don’t, who will?
Those are my work from home tips and tricks. I hope they are helpful and feel free to email email@example.com or comment on our instagram with any questions on what you might be struggling with working from home.