The world has taken a turn, but if you’re anything like us, your hustle hasn’t stopped. Whether you’re under mandatory restrictions or your company is playing it safe, working from home presents a particular set of challenges.
We were all pretty stoked at first. No commute time, 24/7 access to the fridge, and sweatpants?! It all sounded pretty awesome. But months later, the reality of remote work has begun to sink in. Most people are feeling like the world has been completely flipped upside down.
Adapting to change can be tough, but you know what feels amazing? Being productive. The more you do, the happier you and your employer will be.
Here are some tips to boost productivity and make the most of the circumstances.
Habits Are EVERYTHING
Be honest with yourself - how would you rate your pre-pandemic routine? Was it a 10/10 or more of a 6/10? For those who loved their routines, we’re sorry. Hang in there. For everyone else, you have a perfect opportunity to overhaul your lifestyle and develop some better habits.
Incorporating healthy habits is something everyone can benefit from. Having a routine is especially important now that we’re all working from home. Hold yourself accountable to wake up at the same time every day, get 30 minutes of exercise in, and treat yourself to some tasty meals. It’s easy to get caught in a slump when you’re staring at the same few walls. Daily activities like cooking, a morning dance sesh, and fresh air will help boost your mood and keep you in a positive routine.
The good news is, we all have more time than we’re used to having to focus on what is most important to us. Check your bucket list, is there anything you can cross off while you’re home? Learning that new language or video-editing skill is a lot easier when you tackle it an hour at a time. Consider what makes you happy, and incorporate those things (big or small) into your daily routine. Bringing structure back into your life will help feel a lot more in control of your situation, and happier as a result.
Create A Space
We aren’t all lucky enough to have that floor-to-ceiling windowed office (yet). If you’re a student, your remote work environment may be a living room or bedroom. Don’t let your space distract you from your goals!
If you're living with roommates or family, they’re likely in the same boat as you. Set boundaries so you can focus during working hours and give it your all. Shining now won’t be forgotten or overlooked.
You’ll be doing yourself a huge favour by creating a space dedicated solely to work. Clear off that desk or kitchen table! Even if you don’t have the ideal space, there is a lot you can do to help you focus while you’re working from home. Noise canceling headphones, some plants, and a comfortable chair can go a long way. It is worth spending a few dollars on your workspace if some comfortable additions help you focus. Consider it an investment.
Treat your workspace like you would treat your actual office. Hint: if you would feel embarrassed by a surprise visit from a colleague, employer, or mentor, it's probably time to tidy up. If you're working in the kitchen, clean up that stack of dirty dishes before you even sit down to focus.
Give Your Brain A Boost
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we could use a little help. Coffee is one way to get yourself up and going, but it isn’t always the best option. Jitters and anxious energy aren’t exactly a recipe for success.
Nootropics are natural supplements designed to improve cognitive performance and brain health. Think of them as your own mental side-kick. For some people, energy drinks or a cappuccino do the trick. For those who are more health-conscious, nootropics are the calorie-free and natural alternative that are geared specifically to boost areas of brain performance like reaction time, working memory, and alertness. They’ll help you focus and provide the same energizing boost without the calories or jitters you may be used to.
Make sure you’re stocked up, just in case these other tips aren’t enough to fuel your hustle some days.