So, the call came, you’ve been told to self-isolate. Firstly, welcome to the club! Everyone knows that working from home will pose many challenges, some which we aren’t even aware of yet. These are crazy times we’re living in, let’s just take it one step at a time. Look after yourselves, each other, and everyone in between.
Freelancers and remote workers all over the world are waving and welcoming you to this wonderful life that you’re about to embark on. But hear this, it isn’t all a bed of Netflix and chill, which I’m sure you’re slowly yet surely starting to learn.
Initially, you thought this was a dream come true, like a holiday with no pants. But now you’re hungry and hankering for a Snickers bar and haven’t showered in at least a day and you’re starting to feel little depressed.
Here are our top tips to help get you through self-isolation, no matter what your situation.
Actually get ready for your day like you would if you were in the office
You’d usually get up at around the same time in the morning, shower, get dressed, maybe go for coffee, have some breakfast. You know, normal morning type things. But now that you’re working from home, things have started to slip a little, and so has your productivity. You didn’t shower that one morning because all you’ve been doing is sitting on your butt so why the hell not. You wore the same tracky-pants the next day and then the day after that. It wasn’t until you caught a glimpse of yourself on the video conference that you realised what a mess you’d become. By actually getting ready for the day as though it were a normal workday, it will trick your brain and your sweat-pant clad body that you’re here to werk. Geddit gurl.
Organise your workspace
I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but if you can, try and set yourself up somewhere that isn’t the dining table, or worse yet, your bed. If you have a home office (that you’ve probably never used) now’s the time to do just that! You wake up, get ready, and go to work. Just like thousands of freelancers before you.
Schedule your day
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can faff about until 11 (like you do at the office). The best thing is though, is that you can (possibly depending on your line of work) structure your day around the way you work best. For me, I like to get up early and be done by 2 pm, and maybe smash out a little later at night as well.
Just because you’re housebound, doesn’t mean you can skip out on your daily workout. In fact, now is the time that you really (really) need to exercise a whole lot more than usual! Do a 7-minute workout, or use one of the billions of fitness apps available to get yourself into gear and keep track of your normal #fitspo schedule.
Delete. Social. Media.
For real. If you’re a novice at working from home, the temptation is just going to be far too great for you to handle! Turn them off, lock them, limit them, delete them, whatever you need to do just do that thing. Because they will time suck your day like it ain’t no thang.
Use the tools available to you, but also understand your limitations
If your job involves lots of face to face meetings with clients, you can still make this happen. Facetime, Whatsapp, whatever your jam, you can make it happen but know that there are some things that are just beyond your reach right now. But… maybe you can’t make deliveries right now, and that’s something that both you, and your company, need to figure out ways to combat. There are billions of meeting tools, conference tools, collaboration tools that you can use at your disposal.
Just do your best work and don’t be too hard on yourself.