7 weeks ago, everything changed! Schools went virtual. Most work places went virtual. Restaurants closed. Stores closed. Life kind of shut down, and we began to realize that everything we have been told could not be remotely done is now having to be remotely done.
I like most of you began working from my home office. Two kids interrupting my zoom calls and assisting the wife in the homeschooling department as much as possible. Also, a dog who is so attached to me that he wants to jump into my lap while I work. It’s been interesting.
I have had to learn to work with a tv close by. With my son’s video games not too far away, and so many other distractions right in front of me.
I have finally gotten into a rhtyhm and I believe I have found out how to work from home without losing my mind! Praise God 🙂
1. Get up before everyone else
Listen, it is much easier to fall into the “sleeping in” trap when working from home. In fact, last week I stayed up super late to catch up on ESPN’s documentary, “The last dance.” I am ashamed that I fell behind so don’t judge me. I stayed up until 1:00 AM catching up. I was exhausted the next morning so I slept in, but found that my morning was not near as productive as other mornings. I learned my lesson.
When I get up before everyone else, I make my breakfast and get the chance to read. I spend time with God first through a YouVersion Bible reading plan and then I briefly journal a few thoughts. Then, I read all of the news happening around us for that day. I feel so much better when the kids get up, and I my mind is in gear.
Mornings are important to your leadership (even if you do not recognize it). Trust me, you lead better when your day starts the right way.
2. Have a work space
I tried the living room. I tried the kitchen. I finally got comfortable sitting in my home office. Sounds dumb that I did not start there, but the internet was not as strong in that part of the house. We now have a wifi booster since I am using it every day.
Before I get off track, here is the point: You need a space that is yours. At the office, you have your space and you need that at home to be at your best. There are way too many distractions in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.
Find a place that you can retreat to.
3. Get a shower and get dressed
Don’t fall into the pajamas trap and be that zoom call employee who isn’t ready and looks like you just rolled out of bed.
Get up. Get a shower. Treat it like a work day, and on a normal work day, you get a shower, brush your teeth, and comb your hair (at least I hope you do).
4. Start a schedule with your kids and stick to it
Our kids started with a schedule, and it is noticeably different in my productivity when we stick to their schedule.
My kids are 8 and 6 so they need me quite a bit still for school. So sticking them to a schedule gives me some allotted time for myself to be productive and get tasks done.
There have been days where the schedule goes out the window, and I feel less productive. My son plays fort nite for 5 hours, and my daughter watches every episode of Jesse from the Disney channel that exists. Those days may be fun to some, but they are not ideal.
5. Take breaks
This is a game changer. It is a beautiful thing about home. At the office, I get less breaks, but at home, I get some “recharging breaks” that are incredible.
Take a walk
Take your kids for a ride on the bikes.
Take a 30 minute power nap (not longer).
Eat lunch with your family.
Whatever takes your mind off of work and gives you the energy to get back to it in 30 minutes or so.
This has worked wonders for my mind. I love it and hope to do more of this when I get back into the office.
These are some tips that have helped me, but I would LOVE to hear from you. How are you staying sane while working from home? Let me know in the comments below.