One day you’re looking forward to working from home and smashing all your goals. Then the next day, you’re running low on motivation, and you just cannot seem to get much done. If you’re familiar with this feeling of hitting a brick wall, you’re not alone. The work from home slump can sometimes happen to the best of us. In this article, we discuss five effective ways to combat this work from home slump, so you can start thriving in your role, whether you work remotely or you’re back in the office.
✏️ Prepare for work
Waking up 10 minutes before your workday and attending meetings in your PJs doesn’t do much for your motivation. Prepare for your workday the same way you would if you were going to the office. Wake up on time, make your bed, dress comfortably, have breakfast and prepare yourself mentally to take on the day’s tasks. These tasks may seem small, but doing them will help you begin your day with a sense of accomplishment.
Once you’re at your desk, take 2 minutes to go through your plan for the day and make a note of the things you need to complete first. If you have many low-value tasks to complete, group them and schedule some time during the day to get those checked off.
🖥 Pay attention to your workspace
The sofa and the bed may look appealing, but they aren’t optimal places to work from. If you don’t have a designated workspace, it is time for you to think about selecting a corner just for work. You do not need a lot of space to make a home office work for you. Equipment like a mobile workstation, creative storage options and the proper work from home essentials can make a great home office of the smallest nooks.
If you do have a designated workspace, you may want to switch things up a little. You can do simple things like moving your office desk to a place with big windows or natural light, adding plants to your space or setting up your office stationery to be within arm’s reach. The idea of switching things up in your home office is to get you excited about the idea of working. Sometimes, refreshing your workspace is exactly what’s needed to get you out of a slump.
🧍 Get your body moving
Exercise is great when you want to clear your head, but did you know stretching and moving, in general, can have the same effect? You don’t even have to own a yoga mat. Performing stretches from your desk or even going for a simple walk around your house can get your endorphins flowing and help you feel refreshed. If you cannot go out, try to take a look outside by opening your windows. Take a few deep breaths, stretch your neck, shoulders and hands. Doing this for 5 minutes every hour can help you feel creative, focused and help you get out of your work from home slump.
⏰ Schedule breaks
Stemming from the previous point, life as a remote worker can get so hectic that you may avoid breaks altogether. Science says that you are actually more productive when you take breaks; therefore, schedule time every hour to step away from your desk and do something unrelated to work. You can grab a glass of water, do some stretches or even spend time with people in your house or your pets. Do not schedule back-to-back work calls if you’re experiencing ‘video call fatigue’.
🧠 Challenge your brain
Want to get out of that work from home slump? What better way to do it than giving your brain a problem to solve? Fun tasks like a word game, sudoku or a puzzle is a great way to engage your mind so that when you’re finally done solving the puzzle, you will be in a better position to get back to your work and see things from a different perspective.