Fighting Work From Home Fatigue
Working from home is a lot less exciting for most of us than it was seven months ago. People started off excited for the flexibility and optimistic about all they could accomplish without the commute time. Then reality set in, and a lot of us realized that some of the excuses we used for not being as productive as we’d like didn’t hold up anymore. For instance, the whole “I would exercise if I had more time and flexibility in my schedule” rationalization – these last seven months proved for a lot of us that time and flexibility weren’t the real reasons we weren’t working out.
Perhaps you could use a few quick tips to get back on track, to regain that excitement and motivation you had seven months ago. Here are our favorite tips to boost your focus, increase your productivity, and promote well-being.
Get back on track
- Block Your Calendar. Block off chunks of your day for your most important tasks at times when you are best at accomplishing them. For a lot of us that means scheduling our most important projects for the mornings when we are most productive. Perhaps that means blocking off some time around mid-day to exercise and regain some energy to finish off the day strong.
- Tune Out the Noise. Zoom meetings seem to have taken over most people’s weeks. If possible, designate a day that is meeting-free so you can actually get down to work. Minimize online and in-person distractions so you can have some uninterrupted work-time.
- Get off the Grid. The constant bombardment of digital notifications and emails can be overwhelming. Prioritize time to disconnect, get outside, get moving, do something that energizes you.
- Be Mindful About Food. It’s easy to snack all day when your pantry is steps away. Likewise, it’s equally as easy to get down in the weeds on a project and forget to eat. Pay attention to what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. What energizes you? Are the foods you eat contributing to brain fog or increasing brain function?
- Make Lists. Set goals for your week, both personally and professionally. Prioritize your tasks and use these lists to block your calendar and set your schedule. Seeing tasks/goals for both your personal and professional life will help you strike a better balance between the two.
Once you prioritize your tasks, you may find it’s time to delegate. We’re here to help.