For some of us working from home has been our way of life for years, with the coronavirus outbreak many others are now faced with working remotely for the first time. This can be scary, the idea of having to be stuck home working remotely all the while trying to educate your kids because most schools have shut down too.
I thought I’d help you out by sharing some tips to help you stay balanced when working remotely. Working from home is a very isolated type of work and during this coronavirus outbreak, many of us will be kept at home to try to avoid further spreading of the virus. I know this is very scary, but you can try to make the best of it by using these tips to keep a little balance in life.
Start Morning Off Right
The key to handling this new lifestyle of working remotely is to start your day off right. Do something that gets your brain moving. Think of this as a guilty pleasure so to speak, that will help you feel uplifted, positive and ready to tackle the day. Some people wake up before the rest of the house so that they can have just 15 minutes of free time to read the newspaper, enjoy their breakfast in silence, or do some brain games on their smartphone apps.
Get Showered and Dressed
One of the best ways to keep your mental health in check when working remotely is to get showered and dressed. It may sound easier to just stay in your pyjamas since you’re quarantined and not allowed to go anywhere, but this one step will help you feel positive about yourself. Prepare your work clothes the night before and develop a plan that you’ll shower after your morning routine so that you can feel as if you’re “actually at work”.
Don’t forget to take breaks during your time being a remote worker. While you may not be able to go into a grocery store, or taking a hike, you can get outside for a few small breaks each day. Fresh air will help boost your spirits and in turn allow you to sit back down to work remotely with a productive, clear mind. Social distancing is in effect for many countries, but you can enjoy your own garden right now.
One of the best ways to keep your thoughts straight while working remotely is to play some low-key music in the background. Download your favourite music app and play it during your work hours. This will train your mind to stay focused on work. Music has been proven time and time again to work as therapy for anyone in the world. Pick a playlist, and let it play during your work hours to keep your brain focused on the task at hand.
Prioritise Work Hours
Lastly, when you work remotely you’ll need to make a good schedule to maintain in good standing with your employer. Work with your employer to develop a good set of working hours so that you can enjoy breaks, family time, and self-care time during your time being stuck at home. Prioritize the tasks and set work hours with a do not disturb sign so that family will respect those work hours.
Going from working outside of the home to being a remote worker may sound like the end of the world, but it helps us keep our family healthy then it’s well worth it. Use my tips shared today to keep sane and safe during the coronavirus outbreak when your employer requests that all employees start working remotely.