We generally think we have got a lot of self-control and discipline, however working remotely is not as easy as we thought it would be. It always seemed to be a wonderful fantasy and now a lot of us are forced into it with COVID19 that has entered our world and we are still battling to find structure.
Working from home is not as simple as it seems. Remote workers are required to structure their days order to work effectively and successfully. We need to obtain a structure and stick to it.
The best way to structure your day:
- Start with a plan, either you devise this the day before, or on the morning at the start of your day. Prioritise and schedule how you are going to structure your day
- Get your most difficult tasks completed first – the perfect saying is “eat the frog for breakfast”
- Ensure you have rest breaks in-between tasks and that you eat meals in order to keep you functioning healthily
- Setting a timeline to tasks will help you to keep up to date with your work schedule
- Ensure you wake up at the same time every day and that you get dressed so that it puts you into the work mode
- Fitting in a half hour exercise during the day can also stimulate you and is highly recommended
- Your structured plan helps you to feel that you have achieved and gives you piece of mind that you can shut down and move away from work at the end of the day
- If your day ends up being tipsy turvy due to additional work that has come in, do not stress, just restructure for the next day so that you can get back on track
Understanding and accepting that working from home is all about creating a structured workflow with discipline is very important, however remain flexible and be ready if you need to make the necessary tweaks in your daily routine in order to stay on track.