Going back to work after the holidays can be difficult. This is especially true when working from home. You’re not alone. We’ve all been there. Here are some of our tips and tricks to get back into the rhythm of things to start the year off right.
1. Create a checklist
Working from home is filled with distractions. Therefore, creating a list of things you need to get done each day will help you stay on top of your priorities. Adding a time limit can help you stay focused and on-task.
2. Establish a routine
A routine doesn’t have to be the same every day. Try creating two or three daily routines for your work week. This will help prevent you from boredom but also keep you on track. It can be helpful to write down your routine. This is especially important in the beginning.
3. Schedule “time off”
Work is important. However, it is not all that matters. Give yourself moments to look forward to throughout the day. Scheduling little breaks throughout your day will help you stay on task and even help you prevent burn out. So, after a few hours of break, treat yourself to a walk in the nice fresh air or 30 minutes on a treadmill.
4. Change up the work scene
There are days where we don’t feel as motivated as others. That can be an easy fix by changing your location. Tired of your home office? Take your laptop and work from a café or the local library. A change of scenery can break up your day and help you push through what might feel like the longest working day.
5. Prep your meals
We’ve all been there. We get caught up in work and forgot to eat and then find ourselves hungry and with nothing to eat. This can lead to low energy and lower productivity. Start meal prepping your work from home meals and snacks.
6. Turn off devices
I love social media but sometimes a “quick” message can turn into a black hole in the social media world. When you’re home alone, it’s on you to keep yourself accountable. Turn off notifications while you’re working. This will help limit distractions and help you have a productive day.
Carolina Macedo, the author, is Project Coordinator of Marketing Keys.