As we dip our toes into the final stretch of 2020, there are still many of us who are working from home. This side effect of the 2020 Covid19 pandemic has been a dream for many, but the lustre of remote working is starting to dull for many – myself included.
I’m so fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from anywhere with a solid WiFi connection. During Lockdown in South Africa, that meant from my overly crowded dining room table. Sharing workspace with a teenager and tattoo artist is a touch more challenging than I thought possible, but trust me – it’s a challenge.
So, I decided to put together a little “Working From Home 101” to give anyone else struggling a little encouragement for the last bit of 2020.
Spring Clean your Space
Nothing is quite as annoying to me as a messy work space, but you can be forgiven for letting things get out of hand during Lockdown. Take a few hours to go through old papers, notebooks and bits and pieces that have taken up residence in your workspace. File what you need, recycle what you don’t.
Recycle their Homework
If you, like me, printed more worksheets than I thought possible while homeschooling, maybe now is the time to go through those papers. Sort what should be filed/pasted in books and what can be recycled.
We’re also nearing the end of the school year too, and your kids might be busy with assessments and exams, so it’s a great idea start tossing any subject material that they’ve already finished for the year.
Set Timers for a Timeout
I’m guilty AF of not moving from my laptop once I’ve started on daily tasks, and I’m sure you’re probably guilty of the same too. Block out time in your calendar for a daily timeout that you use to move away from your desk.
I have this saved in my calendar as “Wellness Check-in”, and is blocked out from 12:30 to 1:30. This is what used to be a lunch break, but who takes those anymore anyway?
Use this time to go outside – sans phone – and take a moment to stretch, walk around and clear your mind.
Not forever, but now that we have lenient Lockdown levels (say that 5 times fast), take a day or two each week to work from a new space. Being locked up 24/7 in your home can be frustrating – why do you think Cabin Fever is a thing?
Maintain some sanity by working from a restaurant or coffee shop with good WiFi if you are able to. Most places are only too happy to have bums in seats and coffees flowing after the quiet start of 2020 in the hospitality industry. Plus, a change of scenery will do you and your sanity good!
Don’t be too Hard on Yourself
Being a successful remote employee means being extremely disciplined. It takes focus to do any full-time office job during these unconventional times and it is easy to think you need to be all business all the time.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have an off day and can’t stop browsing through Instagram. Self-care is vital to a successful, happy work environment whether you’re in an office or not. If you’re having a day where concentration isn’t happening, take a time out and recognise that you’re only human. Balance is vital to prevent burning out.
We’re in the home stretch of ending off a particularly challenging 2020, but the silver lining is poking through and I’m so positive that 2021 will be phenomenal.
How are you handling your 2020 work from home situation? I’d love to hear in the comments how you’ve adapted to these changes.
Until next time,