Whether you call it going through a “funk,” the end of the honeymoon period, or just good old fashioned burnout, a work from home slump can leave you drained and unmotivated. If you’ve been feeling unmotivated and unproductive lately, rest assured that it’s completely normal. Working from home is a big adjustment for many of us. Still, that doesn’t mean you should twiddle your thumbs and hope the feeling will pass on its own. To help you overcome the dreaded work-from-home slump, here are a few tried and true tips to help you get your WFH mojo back.
One of the benefits of working from home is that most of the time you won’t be needed to wear anything specific if you’re not on a video call. Some may have started wearing pyjamas or tracksuits for the comfort. But you can also give yourself a sense of focus by dressing yourself professionally, even if only some of the time. A tidy shirt or a sensible dress can make you feel like you’re in the office and put you in the right headspace to get some work done.
Create time to unplug
When working from home, it can be difficult to really unplug. However, it’s crucial to do so. Your home should not have to become a 24/7 working space for you. Once you’ve mastered your groove and identified your time of peak productivity, make sure you’re logging out, unplugging, and shutting work off. Make time to transform your home out of office mode and back into cozy home mode!
Take small and frequent breaks
Productivity doesn’t rely on working every single second you’re awake. Sometimes your brain might need a few minutes to process a new idea or refresh itself after a tough piece of work. It’s good not only for your mental health but also for your physical health to get up from your desk and walk around for a few minutes every so often. This is even more true without a commute, as you’re likely to be moving less on any given day.
Categorize your tasks according to time and effort
You may have deadlines attached to your to-do tasks, and a general idea of how much time each will take, but if you’re having trouble focusing on a particular day, it’s helpful to be able to look at your to-do list and easily spot the things that don’t need a ton of sustained brain power. On a paper list, you can use a certain symbol to denote one-minute or five-minute tasks, for example. (You can also use this system to batch tasks — make all your phone calls at the same time, run errands at the same time, and so on.)
Make sure to take care of yourself and focus on what you can achieve to get the most out of your day – keeping the right mindset is key to keeping your productivity up! If you’re looking for exciting new career opportunities, make sure you click through to our job section.