If you're anything like us, you may have been excited nearly four months ago when everyone who had the ability to work from home was granted that privilege. We all have daydreams of laying on the couch with our laptop nearby, watching bad daytime television and snuggling our animals.
When a global pandemic was declared in March, that daydream became a reality for many of us. And it was great....for a little while. Now, almost four months later, you may be struggling to stay sane, keep a routine, and have a healthy work-life balance.
We surveyed our currently remote-working team to gather all of our best tips for making the best of this time, and keeping your sanity intact during this unchartered circumstance.
Reorganize Furniture for a Dedicated Workspace
While some people have the luxury of an unused bedroom or true home office, some of us have had to make do with our normal living space. It can feel a bit uninspiring to plop down on your couch each morning, and the lines between work and personal life can easily become blurred.
It may take a bit of furniture rearranging or adjusting, but making room for a small table or desk and chair can make all the difference in the world. Sitting up properly, with your computer on a surface other than your lap, will change your perspective on your working hours, and also on the space around you.
You might see a painting on the wall from a different angle, or a bird's nest outside your window that you hadn't noticed before. Before you know it, inspiration will come back to you!
Take Frequent, Quick Breaks
Being at home can already make us feel a bit unproductive, it's easy to tell yourself to hunker down and work your straight eight hours (and sometimes even more). It's important to pause a few times each day for a quick break, whether it's just to step outside and check the mail, take a little walk around the neighborhood, or just walk into another room for a couple of minutes.
If you really can't step away for a quiet minute, it can help to take a phone call outside. Stepping away from your desk (even if your computer comes with you!) and getting a small change of scenery and fresh air will still help rejuvenate you mid-day.
Exercise releases endorphins; endorphins make you happy🎓👱🏻♀️💖
Even if we do our absolute best at maintaining a "normal" schedule, perfecting our work-life balance, and taking care of our mental health, stress is bound to sneak in once in a while. Our most tried-and-true way of releasing that stress and feeling better is some good, old-fashioned exercise.
Our office has some runners, some weight-lifters, some yogis, and some dog-walkers! It doesn't matter what method you choose to get your body moving - it just matters that you find a healthy way to find positivity.