Get dressed : It may sounds superficial but getting dressed put you in the mood. It’s like wanted to go party and stay in pyjamas. I mean you can but don’t you think that getting dress to go out will help you more with your dance moves ? Don’t think wrong, I am not telling you here how you should dress. I am just saying that super comfy clothes may not help to get things done. So first thing I do when I need to work from home which is basically my daily life. I get dress. I even realized that having a certain “uniform” help a lot. I am not talking about school uniform. I am talking about some stylish signatures.
I used to hate breaks, until the day I got huge headaches that stayed 10 days and that stop me to watch any screen. Take care of your health, of your eyes, your brain. Don’t think you gonna be better, more efficient because you don’t take breaks. That’s bullshit. You are just putting yourself in bad health. Seating during multiples hours, lock your hips, it gonna cause tensions into your legs, blood doesn’t circulate fluently, it dry your eyes, and it make them lazy. Making them lazy create headache and bad habits that can lead to other health problems. Trust me you don’t want to go there. So no option here, take breaks.
It’s such a good way to manage your time. Knowing exactly how you gonna use it, and trying to make the most of it. It permit you to be conscient of the time each task take you. Sometimes we plan too little or too much and this is ok, this is how we learn. But I founded really important to estimate the amount of time a tasks will take me. It make me as well value even more the task. It make you in control of what you do.
" Your phone is a work killer ! "
Put your phone away it’s the most disturbing things, a work killer :
I don’t thing I need to explain why this is obvious. This is the number one distraction. Put it away, responding to every text or call every second will waste your energy and you gonna feel so drain and at the same time useless because you will feel that the work is not done.
Make time to respond to your phone, and stick to that time. It’s the worst for concentration to react at every notifications you receive. But that’s your life, you do what you want, I just alarm you.
Your belly can be a distraction too :
Making meal prep was a life changing for my work at home. I was forgetting to eat or eating always too late. I was always feeling tired because I was giving a lot of energy and I was not refulling in a good way. So mealprep changed that. It permit me to not think about what I will eat. One less decision to take in a day AND it avoid you body to stress out. Because yes, you don’t think about it but your body stress out when you don’t have an eating routine. So try to eat everyday at the same hour, it’s how you could maintain you belly and main to stay sain about food. In a part at least. Don’t cause stress that you can actually avoid. And do the dish just after, so you don’t have to do it later. Who likes to have dish you make after work ? No one !
This is really important for you and your ego. Track what you do. Write your wins even the little ones at the end of the day or you can also make time on a Friday afternoon to summarize your week. It’s a great way to boost yourself and specially your confidence !
Observe yourself :
Last but not least, if you are really distracted, it happened it’s ok. Try to write down, what make you distracted. Don’t think too much just write it down and try to get back to work. Try to ask yourself,
What is distracting you ?
What do you try to avoid ?
What are you saying to yourself in your head that stop you to make things done ?
How could you make this things done ?
What could help you ?
Being mindful will really help you to understand what makes you procrastinate and most of time it’s really valuable, we just don’t listen to ourself, while our brain or body are just trying to send us messages.
I hope it will serve you well. Do not hesitate if you have any questions.
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