WFH (Working From Home) has been something the whole world had to get accustomed to in the last month. In theory it sounds pretty easy and for some industries this is the norm, however for many of us this is not such an easy task.
Firstly for businesses that rely on physical customers and social activities working from home simply means putting your business on hold. From the initial social distancing warning we had to take cue and follow the regulations to ensure COVID 19 spread slows down. For those businesses affected by this we can guarantee we all went through a similar process, first denial, second conspiracy theories and thirdly acceptance, the fourth one is survival.
Survival comes in many waves, you might feel helpless initially and emotional, after all this is such a drastic and sudden change to everything you may have had or known in your life, up until this point. Change is never easy at the best of times, but this is one development we simply must adapt to, to survive.
The government is updating daily on the range of resources and funding open to the population and this can be very confusing as everyone has a different situation, don't get overwhelmed, read what applies to you and the necessary steps you need to make to receive the support to get you through this.
Here are a few of our tips on how to survive WFH:
1. Wake up early, just because you're at home does not mean you sleep until noon, this will make you feel sluggish.
2. Instead of reaching for coffee switch to a herbal tea.
3. Shower and style yourself, taking care of your body and mind as well as your physical appearance is key, dress as if you are going to work.
4. Spend a few minutes thinking about your priorities for the day and write them down in order of importance, then write down how you will tackle each task, what you can do on your own and what you need assistance on.
5. Due to the nature of self distancing, we have all had to rely mostly on digital communication, using various apps for video conferencing, online shopping, scheduling and so on.
6. For many of us digital skills are not second nature and it is something we all needed to adapt to pretty quickly, don't feel inadequate if you don't know everything, there is an abundance of videos and online courses that can help you. Tackle each problem with a solution, bit by bit.
7. Take regular breaks by doing something you enjoy and makes you feel good.
8. Enjoy taking an actual lunch break, prepare your food and take joy in cooking for yourself.
9. Don't isolate yourself completely, you can always call a friend, family member or a colleague switch to video call and continue your human interaction. We are all going through the same thing.
10. At the end of your working day, tick off your to do list for the day and be kind to yourself on what you achieved.