The current conditions make working life stressful for both business owners and employees alike. Juggling working from home, homeschooling, dealing with isolation and all the distractions that come with working from home can be tough. Here are some pointers we have put together to help you to maintain balance and take care of your wellbeing.
Create a routine
Creating a routine will help you to structure your day and increase your productive time. Where possible, try to ensure you’re waking up and going to bed at around the same time you usually would for work. Your day to day structure may have to change slightly if you’re trying to juggle working from home with other tasks such as childcare and homeschooling, but there are plenty of tools out there to help you with structure.
Use Google Calendar or iCalendar to plan your day the night before. You should know on a Sunday what tasks you have on for Monday, so take 10 minutes each evening to plan the following day. Give your day written structure by planning time blocks into your digital calendar.
Use Calendly, Hubspot, Acuity or other meeting scheduling tools to plan phone calls and video conferencing. Not only does providing a link to a customer or college make it easier to schedule a meeting than going back and forth via email, but it also allows you to create a routine and plan your day as you’ll know what calls to expect and when in advance of them actually happening!
Take a break
Taking a break may feel easier said than done. Flexible working can bring about a sense of guilt when you’re not actively working. It can be challenging to switch off from “work mode” at the end of the day. Remember that taking a break doesn’t mean you’re ”slacking”, or that you don’t care, it means you’re taking a break.
It’s important to move and stretch, especially if you’re sat at a desk all day. While your usual exercise fix in the gym or at yoga classes probably aren’t available at this time, there are many alternatives out there. You can follow exercise classes on YouTube and apps, as well as organising classes with your friends via Zoom and Google Hangouts meetings.
Cut down Social Media distractions
We wrote about this in our previous article, but it’s worth reiterating here. Put your phone onto do not disturb or silent mode and leave it in a draw or another room while working. You can also curb your social media use on your computer by installing apps such as Freedom to control your time online. If you’re really struggling with the distraction from social media, try setting times to check your social channels. You could integrate this into your daily planning we talked about earlier. For example, only allow yourself to be on social media between 7:30 am and 8:00 am.
Organise “meet-ups” with friends online
You don’t need to miss out just because you’re working from home. You can organise quiz nights, exercise sessions or just a general catch up with friends, family or colleagues online via tools such as Google Hangouts, Skype or Zoom. This is great for your wellbeing and combating the potential loneliness that comes with this time.
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