We have all been told at different times in our lives, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The problem is that working from home 100% of the time can feel like a truckload of lemons being dumped on us...so how exactly do we figure out how to make that much lemonade? More than a year into the pandemic, I've fine tuned my recipe. Here it is...
Maintain Regular Work Hours
As best you can, set a schedule and try to stick to it. Having a clear picture of what each day looks like can help create a healthier work-life balance. The good news is that working from home does offer a bit more flexibility and allows for adjustments to your schedule when needed.
Squeeze the lemons...
Create a Morning Routine
When you wake up and you don't have to leave your home to start work, the line can get a bit blurry. Create a routine that transitions you from home to work every morning, even though you never leave the house. Have coffee, do chores, exercise, shower, get dressed, read the news - or do whatever your usual routine is - and then start work.
Carve Out a Dedicated Work Space
Every home is different, and the options are different, but dedicate a space to work in as best you can. If you can carve out even a small space, you can better differentiate work from home, and create more work-life balance. If you sit on the couch and work, as long as you know how to have blinders on and not be distracted, then this is your space.
Pour over ice...
Encourage Clear Communication with Family Members
While we're all working from home, we may very well be working alongside family members. Set up clear communication by sharing a calendar of meeting times, so the other people in your home know when you are unavailable and not to be disturbed.
To be able to be present, efficient, and have our work flourish during these trying times, I would say we have all succeeded in making delicious lemonade.