HOW TO: STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE WORKING FROM HOME…
- GET DRESSED, PLEASE
Although it’s tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day when you have nowhere to be, that’s going to be more conducive to an O.C. marathon than a day of work. As soon as you wake up, have a shower and dress as if you’d be meeting a respectable friend for lunch. No one’s saying you have to wear heels and a pencil skirt, but at least pop on a nice pair of jeans and a t-shirt and throw on some mascara. It will get you ready for the day ahead and ensure that you don’t spend the hours lazing around on the couch.
- CREATE A TIMETABLE
These are a lifesaver when you have a lot to do. Create a simple timetable for the day or week ahead and it will lower your stress levels whilst preparing your brain for all that you need to do. Jot one down on Sunday evening to get you ready for the week ahead.
- SCHEDULE IN EXERCISE
Ideally, make time for a sweat session before you start your day and you’ll feel refreshed and energised and will be able to concentrate on your work much more easily. Starting your morning on a positive note will set a similar intention for your whole day.
- HEALTHY EATING
Try not to snack on sugary items such as lollies and avoid overdosing on caffeine. You’ll only hit an energy slump and feel like taking a nap. Munch on nuts, fruit or veggie sticks and guacamole and you’ll find you have enough energy to last you throughout the day.
- TAKE BREAKS
Take a morning break, a lunch break and an afternoon break. Breaking up your work with a 30 minute timeout to take a walk, grab a coffee or catch up on your favourite blogs will break up the monotony of your day and will increase your focus when you eventually get back to it.
- IF ALL ELSE FAILS…
Go to the library. It is boring AF and filled with old people and BOOKS. There is no one to talk to, you can’t watch Netflix because the Internet is too slow and it’s not kosher to take a nap there. Also, most libraries are open until 9pm these days so you have no excuse!
Well, there you have it. Amal Clooney didn’t get anywhere by eating hummus in bed (or so Google tells me), and neither will you! GOOD LUCK.