Working from home can sometimes feel like being stuck in a train station watching the ‘trains delayed’ display. Going nowhere with your creative juices.There is a certain ‘buzz’ you get when working in the office. Chatting with colleagues, sharing ideas, getting different perspectives. All that sort of thing. Working from home has a different feel to it. The kids might be playing computer games in the room next door, the dog barks evry time it hears a noise, the neighbours are having noisy renovations. There are distractions. It becomes like the horror movie ‘Us’ where the Wilson family gets attacked and the people doing the attacking look very much like them.
Lockdown: working from home
Not many people have the mindset to live and work from home. It is dificult to separate work and home life. But for many people lockdown has made it necessary. At first it may seem like fun. Freedom from the office and a great way to have extra time with the family. Plus saving on the expense and stress of getting to and from the office. But lockdown has left many people feeling overwhelmed, depressed, stressed and unable to manage their feelings, it is tricky working from home. It is not that you don’t love your family. But it brings its own set of problems.We need to learn to safeguard ourselves from the anxiety, depression and other emotional issues that covid-19 is currently throwing at us.
If you are struggling to cope emotionally the best course of action is to sit down and evaluate what is happening. Are you chasing pre-covid goals you had set for yourself and your family? If so, maybe you ought to think of re-evaluating your position. Ask yourself ‘Have I lost focus?’ When you lose focus, you find yourself in tune with the background noise of life and use that noise to generate self-destructive thoughts. Instead, create a vision board for:
- Your Job
- Your Family
- Your Finances
- Your emotional experiences
On this vision board write a three-year goal for the four categories and then break these goals into months, weeks and days. Be realistic about it; don’t rush it. For example with your current working- at- home job your goal could be getting up at 6am to work for a couple of hours before taking the kids to school. Do a few more hours after dropping the kids off. Every day you achieve that goal tick the box that you have done it. You will soon get into the swing of things and it will become natural. And all those annoying and irritating distractions will become less noticeable. Do it for 30 days and you will see a massive transformation in how you work at home, you will get a lot done.and experience a great uplift in personal well-being.
Writing a long term goal allows you to bring into focus a future that is attainable and saves energy and time when thinking about the day and days ahead. It puts you in charge. You are not allowing the day to dictate to you, rather you are dictating to the day.
Personally I wake at 4am each day. I read my book, then get ready, get my kids up, get them ready, make breakfast, drive them to school, get back home and work again, cook, do my designated house chore for that day and then go to collect my kids, give them dinner and then I am back in my home- office working while they play and run around ( I have become immune to the background noise.) As I write this post my kids are running up and down the stairs chasing each other. This is something I could not have handled well in May 2020.
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