The New Normal
After nearly four weeks of working from home and the prospect of at least three more weeks to go, you’d be forgiven if you’re a bit all over the place. In the beginning, rose-tinted glasses gave us dreams of a fabulous office in the spare room, now we’re working from the kitchen table while trying to homeschool, make three different lunches and block out the background noise of tablets and the TV!
If you’re feeling stressed, you’re definitely not the only one. This was never going to be easy, but it won’t last forever!
Here are a few tips on how to work through lockdown, even without any rose-tinted glasses!
Embrace your new normal
The routine you originally planned isn’t happening, but that’s ok! Try and embrace (and maybe even enjoy) that you’re learning how best to work as time goes on. We’re all in an unknown situation so take it day by day. If tasks are clashing or you need to prioritise certain things, it’s ok to juggle other things around it.
Just as you are adjusting and creating a new routine, so are others. Yes, you might be receiving more emails at six o’clock in the morning or 8 o’clock in the evening, but it doesn’t mean you have to be available to answer them right away. It might suit Lisa from Accounts to work late so she can do Zumba in the morning, whereas Tom from Sales might work early to enjoy an evening walk with his family.
Leave work at work
Ok, so work might be home at the minute, but it doesn’t mean you can’t switch off – physically and mentally. When you have done your hours for the day shut down your computer and turn off your work phone, this will help with your mental switch off! Whatever lands in your inbox during the evening will still be there in the morning!
Take each day as it comes
Make a list of the most important things to get done in your day, work and home related, and create a little timetable. Make sure it’s realistic and tick off things as you achieve them.
This way we’re starting fresh each day, rather than beating ourselves up for not sticking to a routine we put in place before we knew that we’d have to queue for half an hour to even start our grocery shop!