WFH fatigue? Cowes, we feel you!
This WFH life has become a reality for majority of us and as the months have passed, we’ve discovered what works for us and how we are our most productive selves, especially during the days that seem less bearable than most.
- Change Out of Your PJ’s
Notice how we didn’t say “get ready”? Lol. There is no need to do a full face of makeup to feel ready but changing out of your PJ’s is crucial to get one step closer to setting yourself up to be productive. This also doesn’t mean wearing jeans but jumping into something comfy and more put together than what you sleep in automatically creates the separation from relaxing to working. Just like when you put your PJ’s back on at the end of the day, you should not be working in them. Ever. Promise?
- Identify Your Work Space
Even in small spaces, you should have a designated work area. Crossing work and play perimeters in the home will muddle boundaries and encourage working around the clock because you have to be home all day and all night, as if we needed another reminder. It’s even better if you can have a designated desktop for work and a laptop for Netflix and online shopping (that basically sums it up). This will really encourage separation in your life, while still within the same four walls.
- Set Boundaries
This goes hand in hand with the tactics outlined above. But seriously, tell your boss you’re “offline” after 7 pm, or whatever time makes you most comfortable, that is still reasonable for both parties. You should not be working from the moment you get out of bed to the moment you get back into bed, we are guilty of this too.
Remember when plans used to be your boundaries? Me neither.
But seriously, this behaviour creates such an unhealthy relationship with your mind, body and soul. If you don’t set boundaries when home 24/7, it will take a major toll on you if it hasn’t yet already.
- Personal Deadlines
What we’re finding is a huge challenge of this WFH life is that we’re prolonging the time it takes to get tasks done because we subconsciously know we have all day and all night to complete those tasks of the day/week. Reclaim your evenings by being stricter on completion dates, what we find works best is creating our own mini deadlines for tasks to ensure they get done as efficiently as possible. Make sense?
- Get Fresh Air
Go outside for at least 10-15 minutes daily. Even if it’s a walk around your block or walking to the grocery store (and Ubering back with all your canned goods). We know people have said they’ll legit go four/five days without going outside and we can’t deal! That is just not how humans are supposed to survive, Cowes. You owe yourself fresh air and to get a few steps in while you’re at it!
- Meal Prep
We see this EVERYWHERE but for real, prepping breakfast and lunch the week ahead/night before will save time throughout the day and ensure that you are nourishing your brain and body to feel most alert, especially during those back-to-back Zoom meetings. Plan out your meals for the work week on Sunday when your brain hopefully has less things to worry about as opposed to during the work week.
Did we miss anything, Cowes? How do you stay most productive while working from home? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us here.