Many people are practicing social distancing right now, hunkering down at home for the greater good. While it’s nice to have extra time with family (including our pets, who are no doubt thrilled to have their humans around constantly), most of us are making pretty major adjustments to our routine — and our jobs.
If you’re new to working at home, you may be struggling to transition smoothly into this decidedly different way of spending your day. Wildcrafter is here to help! We’ve put together some suggestions for being productive when working from home.
Dress for Success
It’s true that one of the major perks of working from home is that you don’t have to worry about how you look (at least from the waist down if your job requires video conferencing). But many people find that in order to be productive when working from home, they need to shower and wear somewhat presentable clothes.
People feel more competent, authoritative, and trustworthy when they’re dressed in professional attire, according to a study published in Human Resource Development Quarterly. Seems there really is something to the idea of dressing for success.
Give yourself a day or two to lounge around in your pajamas, then start dressing as if you were going to the office. (Or at least bust out your “nice” yoga pants.) You’ll work — and feel — better.
Find Your Focus
It can be hard to avoid getting distracted when you’re working from home. It’s amazing how inviting that pile of dishes in the sink starts to look when you’re on a deadline. And how long has it been since you cleaned out your closet, anyway?
To minimize distractions, set up a dedicated workspace — preferably one that’s away from any household hustle and bustle. Then spend a few minutes in the morning, when you’d usually be commuting, tidying up and finishing chores so you’re not thinking about them when you should be working.
To really get into focus mode, try Wildcrafter’s Creative Focus blend. It combines 100% organic Arabica coffee beans with ashwagandha and bacopa that can support focus and healthy cognitive function.*
Get Some Air
Not only is going outside allowed during this time of social distancing, it’s actually encouraged. Research shows spending time outdoors can promote a healthy immune system, providing potential benefits like increasing the activity of cells that play a critical role in your body’s immune response.
And fresh air may boost your productivity by helping you think more clearly. Interacting with nature has been shown to improve cognition in kids and adults dealing with challenges like ADHD and depression.
When lunchtime rolls around, try to give yourself enough time to go for a walk around the block afterwards. (Take the dog!) You don’t need to stay inside to practice social distancing, and your body and brain will appreciate a nature break.
Make Time for Movement
Much like spending time outdoors, exercise has the potential to help you be more productive when working from home. There’s a whole pile of evidence showing that physical activity improves cognition — it has even been shown to change the structure of the brain in beneficial ways.
Exercise can be especially helpful for work tasks that require you to be focused, because it affects the part of the brain responsible for working memory, planning, and scheduling. Before you dive into a complicated project, it might be helpful to do a quick workout!
Missing the gym? A ton of companies are offering free online workouts and fitness plans right now. And if you need some liquid workout fuel but don’t want to down an entire pot of coffee, consider Wildcrafter’s Inner Warrior blend. It combines the power of maca, lion’s mane mushroom and rhodiola with 100% organic Arabica coffee to give you lasting energy in fewer cups.
Grab Your Calm
We are living in uncertain times, and it can be difficult to think about work when you’re consumed with worry about the future. How can you be expected to care about your job when there’s so much to fear? But stress doesn’t just interfere with your productivity — it can also negatively impact your immune system.
Try to limit the time you spend on social media, and only check the news a couple times a day. Trust that you’ll be alerted if something major happens, and remember that freaking out isn’t going to change anything.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of a few deep breaths! When you feel panic rising, try this breathing exercise demonstrated by Wildcrafter’s own Tieraona Low Dog, MD. Getting up and taking a walk can also help ease anxiety.
For some calm in a cup, we recommend Wildcrafter’s Spiritual Chill. This blend combines the calming and soothing benefits of passionflower, chamomile and holy basil with 100% organic Arabica decaf coffee to promote relaxation with every sip.
Just because you’re practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you need to feel isolated. Your job will likely utilize technology to help you stay connected with your coworkers. Even if your home office isn’t super fancy, you should still be able to use basic communication tools for work, and you can use that same technology to stay in touch with friends and family.
If you prefer an old fashioned, low-tech approach to connectivity, sit down and write a letter to a loved one. For the price of a stamp, you could make somebody’s day.
At Wildcrafter, we are here for support as you create new routines to help ground you during this tumultuous time. Something as simple as transforming your daily coffee habit into a ritual can have a powerful effect on health and wellbeing.
What are you doing to maximize productivity while you work from home? How are you staying connected in this time of social distancing? We’d absolutely love to hear from you! Drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram to let us know how you’re staying connected and creating new routines!
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