Whether you’re new to working from home or you’ve worked remotely for years, COVID-19 is presenting challenges for all workers right now. It’s stressful enough to process the big changes happening to our economy and society, but there’s probably a lot happening within your own home too.
For starters, you may be concerned about loved ones, worrying that they remain protected or recover from illness. You probably have more people sharing your space as schools and offices send everyone home. You may be feeling a little stir crazy without your usual social outlets to go to and your routines interrupted.
And you may be dealing with work in flux and a little frenzied as projects are canceled and postponed. Or you’re having to turn deliverables around sooner – like yesterday.
While all these changes add stress to your day, it can be tough to concentrate. Here are a few tips we’ve learned over the years to stay productive and focused during difficult times.
Let’s be honest, many of us don’t make as much time for self-care as we should. It’s all too easy to give up exercise or downtime and put work or the needs of loved ones first. But if you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you know the safety instructions say to put the face mask on yourself before your child. After all, you can’t help someone when you’re losing consciousness, right? Likewise, you can’t be as helpful to clients or loved ones when you’re emotionally, mentally, and physically tapped out. Here are a few ways to add self-care back into your day:
Set new workday rules
If you’re in a town where schools and offices are closed, you’re probably finding it challenging to focus when there are other people who are at home sharing your space and making lots of noise. Reclaim your productivity and sanity by setting boundaries—yes, even with kids.
Another tip: If you’re working from a space that has multiple functions, such as a dining table, clear away all evidence of work at the end of the day. It helps reduce stress when you separate your workspace from your personal space.
Check out this article on 8 Ways to Stay Focused When Working Remotely
There are many other resources to support you and your business during these unusual times. It seems new programs are being created weekly as COVID-19 affects more communities. You can get started by checking out these sites:
For emotional/mental support:
For financial support: