This brings about challenges to working at home! How do you keep productivity up while Junior and Fido rough-housing in the living room?
- Privacy: this seems daunting, but it is the best way to ease distractions. Set up your desktop or laptop in an “off-limits” area of the house. Shut the door, turn on light background music, and get to work.
- Be Consistent: keep your usual sleep and bedtime, take off the PJs, and brush your teeth! There is a temptation to sleep in and hang out in spandex all day, but your dress affects your mood and modus operandi. Keep it up!
- Change in Schedule: counter to the tip above, consider working hours while the other two or 4-legged ones are asleep. You need your rest, but perhaps a midday nap while another adult manages the kids would be easier than focusing on work.
- Planned Activities: to keep the kiddos active, look for age-appropriate projects from 20 minutes to an hour (if you are lucky) to keep kids engaged so you can focus.
- Take Turns: should you be able to trade off time with another adult on who’s working and who’s watching?
- Chatting: text and video chats with co-workers are a great way to keep the team unity and your focus. Reminder….keep the door closed so little Superman doesn’t make a cameo!
- Enjoy a Moment: close your eyes, even if only for a few seconds here and there, to breathe deep and think happy thoughts.
- Go for a walk: this is the best way to stay awake, alert and recharge!
This is a unique time with so many businesses closed. Count your blessing to be able to work from home when so many others cannot. Should you find yourself on paid leave with time on your hands, consider volunteering your time!