It hit me at 3PM, when I drove to pick up Alex from school while still in my pajamas. Naturally, according to Murphy’s law, Alex could not find his backpack, and I had to get out of the car and help him find it, bumping into a few teachers and parents along the way… Awkward!
Tell your family not to expect daily five star dinners.
I think this was one of the most important things you need to establish to yourself and your family – even though you are home. Do not feel responsible for doing the housework during work hours. I mean, if you are in a cleaning mode (and to avoid working I can get into any kind of mode!), housework never ends. So, no laundry, no cleaning up the spider webs, no cooking, and, yes, no organizing the refrigerator since it’s a mess….
Create a separate work space to keep you focused.
Social media IS work!
No matter what you do, the chances are you are using a laptop or anything portable, and it can be very tempting to settle yourself on the couch in front of the black box hanging on the wall called a television. Personally, for a while, I was settling myself comfortably on my bed, which felt as if I was working all day and all night. A big no-no!
Even if you don’t have an office room, you can create a small area which inspires you to work, which you can decorate just the way you want, and where you can place everything you need. I often set myself up at the kitchen table, I love it for its open space and lots of windows – bright sunlight always uplifts me.
Shower, make your bed, and dress up as if you are leaving home.
Okay, I don’t mean that you need to put on the power suit and high heel stilettos… Think more of a casual Friday outfit, something that is easy and looks and feels nice. I mean, you have to spend hours working, and it’s better spending them looking and feeling cute than not! I like wearing either a simple dress or jeans and a shirt. If I am working on something creative, I also throw on a neckless or a bracelet, or a hair band, and maybe put on a little dab of sweet perfume. If I need to make conference calls, or work on legal files, or go through the accounting book (agh!), I pull my ponytail extra tight, put on lipgloss and a dab of a bit spicy perfume on my wrist.
Keep healthy snacks at home.
If you work from home, you snack – kitchen is just a few steps away! But if you need to nibble on something, grab a small cup of yogurt, or a piece of fruit, or a handful of nuts. Drink plenty of water! You will feel good and energized. Don’t give in to a bag of cookies, as it will soon make you feel tired and unhappy. Trust me, I tried!
Schedule breaks and get out of home.
If you don’t have any meetings outside home for a few days, make some – go out to lunch with your honey, or a girlfriend, or, if no one is available, grab a magazine and go to a coffee shop for an hour. Or, better yet, get out to the gym or to the park for a half-hour run. Isolation within four walls can slowly suck you into a depression, and that is not good for you. And being absolutely terrified of depression outbreaks, I schedule breaks and exercise into my routine religiously. It feels really good to feel good, if you know what I mean.
How do you organize your day when working from home? I would love to hear from you!