It’s been more than a week since the movement control order came into effect and like the rest, I’ve transformed my room into a home office.
While working from home isn’t new to me (work perks), my transition hasn’t been the smoothest. I can’t help but still feel disconnected from the team even though we talk to each other every day and it definitely has been overwhelming to deal with multiple work conversations that are happening simultaneously, life at home, and the evolving coronavirus situation.
Looking at how things are going, it’s highly probable that I will draw my last breath not because of the virus but from this hot mess that we’re all in. So to survive working from home, here are 5 things that I’ve been doing – you can do too – to invite Sanity back into my life.
It’s easy to overwork yourself when you’re working from home because there’s no one leaving the office to remind you that it’s time to go offline. That was the case for me in the first few days. To reintroduce normalcy and structure into my life, I’ve decided to block out a few hours for work each day and set some time for breaks in between. Always remember: work is important but your health is everything.
Honouring My Breaks
Messages and emails are coming in constantly and for some of us (what I really mean is me) anxious souls, we might feel compelled to be on 24/7 that we’ve been inhaling our meals or not getting enough rest. So here’s what I’ve prescribed myself: a daily dose of cat videos (send me your links!), committing to my downtime, and savouring my meals instead of swallowing everything in one go so I can get back to work ASAP.
Ever since this whole work-from-home situation started, journalling has reminded me how much I can count on its powerful cathartic release and this period of self-reflection to guide me through my sea of emotions. So if you find that your emotions are running high or can’t see a way through, try writing them down and acknowledging what you’re feeling. As it does get a little lonely working in isolation, I also like to have a video playing in the background or video call my friends for company.
Cancel Out the Noise
As waves of conversations, debates, and questionable news about coronavirus (on top of work) kept crashing in through messaging apps from dawn to dusk, that did put me in an unenviable position mentally, to put it mildly. It definitely didn’t help that I was also in a lot of chat groups so when I finally quit, it felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest. I’m not saying you have to go cold turkey like me but you can always start small by muting them for a few hours and see how things go.
Weekend Digital Detox
Well, this has yet to happen for me but if you’re ready, go on that digital detox that you’ve been talking about since 2020 New Year’s resolution happened. Spend time with your nearest and dearest, read a book, clean up your room or stare at your pet rabbit for hours. After all, distance does make the heart fonder and you’ll be able to get back to work feeling fresher and more focused.
It does take a bit of effort to make working from home work, but once you know what to expect, you can enjoy the productivity boost that most people who work from home experience. The best part? You’ll never have to worry about being late for work anymore.