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The COVID-19 pandemic has put everyone and everything in a freefall state. Corporations are allowing employees to work from home now more than ever to keep people safe and decrease the spread of the virus. Many school districts have closed schools and even colleges have sent students home.
So, with almost everyone working from home, people are having to create a new normal. The type of normal that includes juggling family, work, self-care, sleeping, eating, and recreation.
I have worked from home a good portion of my career and have had an opportunity to learn a few tips and tricks to stay focused, productive and organized.
Some people can get a ton of work done in the morning from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Some other people, however, are more creative and productive late at night from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM. You need to know which hours are better for you and create a schedule that works within that time frame.
If you’re not a morning person, schedule meetings in the afternoon so that you can get up later in the day.
In the past, when I have tried to work on my bed or kitchen table, I would struggle to concentrate and not get much work done. Later, I learned that our minds associate certain spaces with certain activities. The bed is associated with sleep, and the kitchen table is associated with eating. When these associations happen, the brain sends signals to the body to behave accordingly.
The best way to stay focused while working from home is to pick a neutral work area where you don’t already do a specific activity. Even if you put a small table near a corner of a room to focus on work, having a dedicated workspace is the best choice.
Our brains are very good at focusing for long periods, but we need to give it a break in between. For example, for every 60 to 90 minutes of work, you should consider taking a 15-minute break.
No one knows how long the effects of the pandemic will last- working from home may be our new normal. So, taking the time to create a routine using these techniques to support your efforts will help you in the long run.
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Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love