Working from home during self isolation: Part 2
I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Today I’ll share my tips to staying focussed (and still having some fun) while in self isolation.
How to make a daily ritual while working from home during self isolation.
1. Team Work
Before you get to start planning anything, get together with everyone in the family and communicate to them about what you plan to do. Communicating in advance allows people to drop their barriers to a new daily schedule you’re looking to create. (Regardless of whether you’re the parent in charge, you need the kids to be on your side for this to have any chance of success)
2. Have a clear set of “working hours”
Make sure everyone is aware of your “working hours,” and then be sure to stick to them. Don’t work until the cows come home just because you’re at home. Your family needs time with you as well.
3. Make time for “Quality” time
Opt for “coffee time” or breakfast together to have some quality time in the morning. This way, you and your loved ones can connect at the start of the day and allow you to focus during your “working hours.” My own “quality” time is in the afternoon when we put our phones away and allow ourselves to be fully present with one another.
4. Set up your “Workspace”
Set up a designated “workspace” if you don’t already have one. This means you do nothing but work in this space – no eating, no meditating, no nothing other than work. This will help you to set boundaries with your family, as well. Making sure this place is organised and welcoming, as this will help boost your creativity.
5. Take out time for self care
Regardless of whether it is yoga, meditation, playing music or running on the treadmill, you need time for yourself even if it is for 30 minutes. Self care is not about being selfish. It is like allowing your cup to fill with love, care and warmth because remember “You can’t pour from an empty cup”.
6. Do not drown yourself in Social Media
Carefully ration your time on social media platforms,otherwise it is very easy to get sucked in. The “Do Not Disturb” button on your computer and phone is the most under utilised. Give yourself a set amount of time on social media and mute all distractions during your “working time”. Instead, use technology to your advantage and learn platforms like Slack, Zoom or Skype that can help you stay connected and collaborate with other people.
7. Standing Strong by Giving Back
If you’re able to give back to your community right now, take the time to do so. Here are a few ways you can support your community in these times of need:
- Donate to your local food bank.
- Check-in on your neighbours.
- Donate to causes in need.
- Take a free online class if you can share a skill.
- Go through your contact list and call on five people who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
8. Have a message of faith in your mindset
This one is close to my heart.
In turbulent times, it’s our mindset that will help us continue to show up to support ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. I want to invite you to stand in strength, even if it feels scary.
Focus on what you can control.
Focus on the positive – have FAITH that one day the light will dispel darkness.
Focus on how you can serve those around you, with love, from a distance.
Next ONLINE class on Sunday 19th
Cost : $11/per household
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Also, don’t forget to have your Yoga Mat and water bottle handy.
Discover. Empower. Prosper.
Dr Arun Dhir
Surgeon, Health & Wellness Advocate.
Author of “Happy Gut, Healthy Weight” and “Create a New You Health Journal“