1. Stay in Routine
Continue to wake up on time and stick to your regular routine as best you can. Every morning before work you can take the dog for a walk or do a workout. Try to maintain these routines as best you can while working at home.
2. Get Dressed
Do not stay in your pajamas all day. You do not need to dress like you would for work, but the simple act of changing clothes may signal it is time to wake up and get your day started!
3. Designate a Workspace or Home Office
Staying in your bed with your laptop all day makes it difficult to be productive. Working from your bed could make it more difficult to fall asleep at night because your brain will think you’re in a place of work. Instead, create a comfortable workspace in another room that you can be productive in throughout the day. Once the workday is over, leave the space.
4. Schedule Breaks
It is important to know your company’s policy on break times and TO TAKE them. Give yourself time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks are typically the standard for full-time employees.
5. Have Clearly Defined Working Hours
If you normally work certain hours, continue to try to maintain those hours. Separating your work life from your home life can help you maximize your work-life balance.
Use technology to your advantage. Your family or friends who can not physically see you anymore would love a phone call or maybe even a zoom video conference! Stay in touch and check in with your people.
7. Do Not Get Sucked into the News
Almost every news channel has been non-stop talking about these unpredictable times. COVID-19 updates will continue to be at the front of everyone’s mind, but it doesn’t have to be 24/7. Stay informed but do not overwatch or read yourself into an anxious mess.
8. Try Something New
Did you ever have a hobby you wanted to start but did not have the time? Or maybe you wanted a new pet? With the extra free time you could try something you have been putting off!