Welcome back, Wanderer! Now it wouldn’t be a Twenty post without some sort of disclaimer lol.
I wrote this post back in March right as things were getting #REAL, so I am definitely more settled now into this new normal and hope you are as well. However, the tips in this post are still very much relevant. Enjoy!
Wow wow wow! These last few weeks, honestly days, have left me very speechless and honestly feeling very uncertain. I feel like things are literally changing by the hour at this point.
For those that don’t know, I am a current full-time graduate student and #BigRona (yes, I know sis personally at this point and we have big beef) has shaken up everything. From an extra week of spring break to canceling all in-person classes, suspending clinical rotations, and yup, you probably guessed it, postponing spring commencement. As a graduating student, this is definitely not how I expected things to turn out but completely respect this university’s decision.
I mean yeah that extra week of spring break was GLORIOUS but I mean postponing graduation, the jokes ended just as quickly as they came. Sis knows how to take things to the extreme.
With that being said, anyone down for a virtual graduation party next month lol? No, but really…
So it looks like the rest of my semester will be spent in the comfort of my own home.
As a certified #introvert, I honestly have no objections to this. Also, the way this pollen and my allergies are set up, I probably was going to be in the house regardless.
I am determined to make the most of this time and thought I would share some tips on how to stay productive while working from home.
Yes sis, we actually can’t #quarantineandchill the whole time, we have to do work too.
I’ve been trying to follow these 5 steps every day and so far, they have been helping me check multiple things off my to-do list daily.
Get out of bed.
Lol. Yes, I know. I put this first because it is the hardest step for me every day. One perk of not working is I don’t have to set an alarm every day; however, if you are #WFH and have conference calls or meetings, then this may need to be your first step. Anywho, please take it from me, you will be much more productive once you leave the comfort of your own bed.
Even just to go to the living room. Not much to explain, but please just get out of your pajamas. Even if it’s just to couch pajamas instead of bed pajamas, it’ll put you in the right mindset to #GSD (PG Version: Get Stuff Done lol). You’ll be much more productive, I promise. Thank me later. While we’re on this subject, I’ve been eyeing some new house clothes, specifically lounge sets. If you’re interested in seeing a blog post on these, comment down below!
Set up a designated workspace.
I personally would have liked to believe my workspace would be my couch but it always just resulted in me binge-watching a show on Netflix or an accidental nap. So no couch during work hours, sis. Most days you can find me either sitting at my bar, my dining room table, or at my actual desk. I like to switch it up often to you know, keep things interesting, and it helps me be a little more productive. Once I get tired of one area, I will typically switch it up the next day. Be sure to tag me on social media (IG and Facebook) of your pictures of your designated workspace these next few weeks.
I can’t stress this enough. Yes I know we’re all about the productivity right now but you can only sit down for so long before your body needs a pick me up. Make sure to plan scheduled rest breaks throughout your day. Take a few seconds to stretch in between tasks. Take a lunch break (or two or three like me lol). Do a home workout.
Sidebar: I have found some really good home workouts these past few days, I would be down to share those on my IG stories if you’re interested. Let me know down below in the comments!
Okay, where was I? Oh, even do a dance break. Honestly, being in this house by myself has been nothing shy of interesting lol. My dance breaks are the only thing saving my sanity at this point.
Shameless plug: My playlists are lowkey lit.
Create daily to-do lists.
Even though I put this last, this is something I do nightly so when I wake up in the morning I already have a game plan for the day. I try to keep my lists with only 2-3 tasks on them so I can make sure I am actually completing what I set out to do that day. I noticed when I filled my to-do lists with a laundry list of items, I became very overwhelmed, didn’t know where to begin, and got almost little to nothing completed. I would only complete about 1 task completely and bits and pieces of all the other tasks. So 2-3 task items only and start with the hardest one first.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know what are some things you’re doing to stay productive while #WFH.
Stay safe, Wanderers! xo
I know it is easy to feel very fearful and overwhelmed with all that’s going on. In the midst of keeping up with the news, protect your peace. Disconnect for a little bit, practice some self-care, meditate, and get back to you, sis. In the words of the great Kendrick Lamar, “we gone be alright.” Just take it one day at a time.
Faith > Fear
&& Sending lots of love and prayers your way