Your How-To Guide for working from home

By Michelle Huysamen

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston S. Churchill

We all know that feeling all too well of wanting to stay in our pajamas or tracksuits all day long and wanting to accomplish as little as possible. In fact, I’m currently writing this blog in my tracksuit and hoodie. It can be a lot harder to stay motivated when working from home, but that’s why I’m here to help you!

As we are all aware we are still facing a dreadful pandemic, which has caused a lot of us to work from our homes and this may be causing you to experience some sort of cabin fever; whether it’s wanting to get out of the house and do nothing but take in the winter sun or maybe you want to curl up under your blankets and watch your favourite series. This however, as we are aware, is not going to pay the bills and we have to face the music of having to work, especially on ‘BLUE MONDAYS’.

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As a twenty-year old who’s internship year (2020) was primarily online, it was a completely different experience to what you’d consider ‘normal’ but it definitely showed me that I needed structure and routine in my every-day life. This year I started studying online (it feels unnecessary to mention online considering we’re all stuck in the same boat) and I started to crave more structure and routine to my day. The same goes for working from home as a business owner or employee of an outside company. You should have a schedule/list of the day’s work plan to keep yourself on track, as if you were in your actual workplace environment).

So how do you start your day with a productive mindset? The answer is simple… Get dressed and make your bed, first thing in the morning! By completing these two simple tasks immediately, you are starting your day productively, making you feel more motivated to do the actual day’s work.

‘EXERCISE’ this word may be considered profanity in your vocabulary, but your body needs to be active for at least 30 minutes PER DAY in order to keep both your physical and mental health in line. That does not mean that you can eat whatever you would like to, you still need plenty of water and energy-providing nutrients to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine!

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The biggest thief of time is ‘PROCRASTINATION’! We all procrastinate at some point, but the work is always going to be there for us to do it, so why not do it immediately while you still have the time. It’s easy to look to cleaning up the house to avoid doing the tasks you are dreading, but you need to step away from the housework and focus on you actual work. I’m not saying that it’s not important to keep a clean and tidy house, but when it stands in the way of your actual work and productivity, then you need to step away from it and do it after work hours.

Its okay to take breaks! Many find that when they are swamped in reports or production planning or whatever task you are in the middle of, that there is no time to sit down and even eat a sandwich or drink a cup of coffee. While it important to not break your workflow when you are focused, you still need to make time to take a break and relieve the pressure on your shoulders. Being tired and not feeling like working on a particular day isn’t necessarily you being lazy, but it can be your body’s way of telling you that you have overworked yourself and need to rest; however do not take advantage of this to procrastinate when you are actually, plain and simply, ‘LAZY’.

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs