Life in 2020 is unlike anything anyone could ever imagine the start of the decade would be like. Many people are unsure of what to do or how go about this "New Normal." Many people are finding themselves at home, working, teaching themselves schoolwork, or just attempting to function.
I have been working partially from home for a few months prior to this so have a bit of a routine. But no not everything is going to work. Here are a few of the tips that have been working for me.
1. Establish A Morning Routine
This is going to be different for every person, but you can create a series of triggers for yourself that your day is starting. I try to get up around the same time every day but it doesn't always work (we will get to that.) But no matter what happens, the first thing I am doing every morning is a few set things.
1. I feed my cat
2. I fill my water cup
3. I get some coffee going/ grab a cup of coffee
4. Review my to-do list from the day before, and build my list for the day.
By doing these few things as soon as I get moving in the morning, I trick my brain into okay I am still working and I have something to look forward to.
2. To Do List
Like I said I make a to do list every day. And I include everything on that list that I want to do, from emailing people for my day job, to cleaning the litter box, and making myself lunch. Each little thing I am able to check off gives me a little happy boost, that I can look at the end of the day. This helps to keep in perspective when I feel like I have done nothing but sit at my desk all day that I have gotten quite a few things on my list done.
I also have a few daily goals that I like to hit, that I feel for me if I do these things, that I have been productive.
Since coming home I have established a sort of KanBAN board to help keep track of what I should be working on and where I am making progress on my goals. (I will have a post on this coming out soon!)
3. Do something fun
Most of us are going to start out feeling that we HAVE to sit with our booty in the chair working for seven hours a day. However, unless your job is something you can do entirely remotely you will find very quickly you won't be able to fill all that time. For example if you have a little one at home you may want to have them do school work the whole day, but research has shown homeschooling only needs to be done for a max of up to 4 hours for high schoolers. So what do we do with all this extra time?
Try something new! Try a new workout routine or pick up a new hobby. Keep training for that thing you wanted to. But give yourself the space to step away. There are a lot of things on social media saying how we have to come out of this with 20 new skills. But you may not have the brain space for that. And that is okay.
Be Kind To Yourself
We hit a wall of people saying how you have to be productive as soon as we were sent home. People came out with their pretty color coded schedules and plans to be great productive people who deep cleaned their entire house. This may be you. That's great! But you may be the person that is sitting on you phone scrolling twitter for an hour before you realize what has happened (GUILTY) and you know what? I am here to tell you that is completely okay. It is okay to feel sad for the things that are happening when it may not be directly happening to you. It is okay to grieve for the events, vacations, get together etc that is being canceled left and right. If the only thing you accomplish today is taking a shower that is great. If you want to put on a full face of makeup everyday to hold on to the normal you knew, go for it. Give yourself the space and the grace to feel and do what you can. And if it takes a little bit to get into the groove of things. That is totally okay.
What are you doing to help yourself during this time?
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, I and I will talk to you soon.
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