14 Jun How to mentally focus when working from home
Joe Houghton’s top tips for keeping the focus on top of things mentally as we all adjust to working at home
It’s ok not to be ok all the time!
- Try to start and end your day with “you time”
- Get up and do some exercise, meditate, take a walk, have a long hot bath with candles…
- If you can do this at lunch too, great!
- Negotiate some you time with your partner, family, housemates
- But I live on my own…
- Use video as much as possible to see other people when calling them – Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom – there are lots of free ways to video-call
- This takes effort initially but will really help you feel less isolated Introduce some noise – open a window, have the radio on playing music
- Make calls every day to contacts, colleagues or friends and family
- Don’t be a news junkie
- I limit my exposure to news to 30 minutes reading the news as I have breakfast.
- No TV news – it’s all sensationalist & designed to focus on the awful news
- Same with the radio – tune in to happy music, not news!
- And turn off all “news” notifications on your devices
- Go easy on the alcohol
- Whatever your stimulants, take it easy – save these for a treat rather than them becoming a habit…
- We’re all at home, but if you have a job, do it. Work provides us with purpose, a routine, and this is important for our mental well-being if we can engage and focus
- But recognise that we are all going through a form of grief – loss of our “normality” at present, so don’t expect to be fully productive
- And support your bosses, colleagues & friends who are also going through all the same feelings you are – we’re all people!
- Work Out of a job? Facing hard times?
- That shock is always tough, but you HAVE to start to look at options
- What opportunities do you now have that you might pursue?
- How might you reach out to your network for help?
- Is there something you’ve always wanted to try or do – maybe now is that time…