As humans we tend to like routine – it makes us feel safe and in control. However over the last year our boundaries and routines have been blurred more than ever. Homes are now places of work, dining tables are desks, parents have become teachers, and at some point toilet roll was a form of currency.
With so many things out of our control at the moment, it’s no wonder you feel a bit discombobulated.
Here are a few things you can do to help redefine those boundaries and gain control:
Try to have distinct working areas.
Home working was thrust upon a lot of us, with many not having the room or space to accommodate it. Where possible, try to have a dedicated work space where you can separate work life and home life; a space that you can either close the door on at the end of the day. Or at the very least, a work space that isn’t visible from where you try to relax.
Mimic your commute.
You may not miss the traffic, but I bet you are missing the time to build yourself up or wind down after work? Try to mimic your commute by going for a walk or taking some time to gather your thoughts before the next part in your day.
Have regular working hours.
Many of us are juggling responsibilities and working different hours to usual. Where possible, set clear working hours for yourself. More importantly, set those expectations to your customers and clients.
Take regular breaks and time off.
Reports show people are working longer hours now they are working from home, with fewer people taking time off. You are still entitled to annual leave and time off. Do not fall into the thought process of ‘there’s no point taking time off as I’ve nowhere to go.’
While this may be true, you still need that down time and you are far more productive if you are physically and mentally well rested.
Do not compare yourself with others.
Everyone will be experiencing this pandemic differently. Do not compare your experience with others – especially the life people ‘portray’ on social media. Focus on YOU.
Ask for help.
It’s an understatement to say the past year has been very difficult for many people. Do not struggle alone. Asking for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength.