As working from home has started to become what seems like the new norm, you may be feeling isolated and cut off from the world. While at times it can feel great to just roll out of bed and into your office, we know it can be hard to create a new routine and stay productive away from your usual work environment. To help make the most of working from home, here are a few ways you can stay productive, stay connected, and avoid cabin fever while still abiding stay at home rules during this Coronavirus pandemic.
What Is Cabin Fever
Being cooped up in a home during a blizzard isn’t the only situation that is associated with the term cabin fever. Cabin fever can be anytime you feel isolated or disconnected from the world. If you feel like you may be developing cabin fever due to COVID-19, we want to help because we’re all in this together. Continue reading to learn how you can better cope with working and staying at home full-time.
Map Out Your Day
First things first, we know it’s comfy, cozy, and possibly even hard to resist, but you shouldn’t work from your bed. Having a designated space to work is important because it separates work time from leisure time. If you don’t have a dedicated office space in your home, find somewhere you can get some natural light and where you feel you’ll be the most productive. When you change your work environment it can be tough getting used to a new routine. That 30-minute drive now turns into an extra 30 minutes of sleep.
Creating a new schedule is a great way to help you stay organized and on top of your new daily routine. Construct a daily list of things that need to be done and as you finish your tasks, scratch them off your to-do-list. Doing this is a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment and it can leave you feeling proud of your work.
How you structure your day is a major factor when you’re working from home. It may help if you set times to wake up, eat lunch, and take breaks. It’s important that when you do take a break you disconnect from your work. For example, when you go to eat lunch, close your laptop and eat somewhere away from where you conduct your work. As important as it is to begin your day at a certain time, it’s just as important that you end your workday at a certain time as well. Try to find a time that works for you, and stick to it.
There are numerous scientific studies showing different forms of exercise that can help you be more productive while working. Here are a few ways you can exercise and get out while still following stay at home rules.
If you have a dog, that’s easy, go for a couple of walks throughout the day, they don’t have to be long, somewhere between 10-15 minutes is ideal – Just don’t forget your mask! If you don’t have a dog to walk, it’s still a good idea to go get some fresh air. Take a walk to a local restaurant and grab some takeout for lunch or dinner. This not only helps you get some exercise but it also helps support local businesses. For those who like to work out before or after work, there are several options online. From yoga to bodyweight workouts and everything in between, there are several programs you can follow to get your blood flowing and body feeling good. Here is a list of things you can safely do outside during this coronavirus pandemic.
Have Some “Me” Time
A key to working from home and even just working period is finding balance. It’s essential that you take time every day to relax and do things you enjoy. Setting small goals is a great way to learn new skills or hobbies and focus on yourself. Whether it’s reading a book or taking some online courses, these tasks can help you take your mind off work. For those of you who find cleaning to be therapeutic, break up your spring cleaning project into small goals and leave your home feeling fresh. Another thing you can do is get an indoor plant. Not only can they help reduce stress and boost your mood, but studies also show that they can help improve your concentration as well.
Keep an Active Social Life
Managing your feeling of loneliness during this time of isolation may be one of the hardest things to do. Even with social distancing rules in place, it’s important that you keep in touch with friends and family. While you don’t have to physically be in the presence of each other, there are several ways you can safely stay connected. Although the local pub isn’t open, you can still have things like virtual happy hours and even play dates if you have kids. Catching up with your loved ones even if it’s just for a brief moment can be very beneficial. For more ways on how you can stay connected with friends and family during COVID-19 explore our blog.
These are just a few tactics you can use to stay balanced while working and being at home full-time. Staying at home may not be the ideal lifestyle, but it’s important that we follow the rules set in place to help keep everyone safe.
What things are you doing to stay productive and positive during these unprecedented times? Let us know by reaching out to us on one of our social media channels!
The included content is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as professional advice. Additional terms and conditions apply. Not all applicants will qualify. Consult with a finance professional for tax advice or a mortgage professional to address your mortgage questions or concerns. This is an advertisement. Prepared 5/18/2020.