Since the pandemic began, 62% of US workers have made the transition from working on-site to working from home. While this may seem like the ideal arrangement to some, to others, it’s incredibly challenging. Working in an unstructured environment where distractions abound isn’t always easy. Couple this with the stress of the health crisis and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. If your Dallas apartment now doubles as your office, here are a few tips to stay fresh, focused and productive.
Set some boundaries.
When your living space is also your working space, it can be easy to slip into the habit of working much longer hours than is healthy. Similarly, the day to day distractions of home can make it difficult to concentrate, which can leave you scrambling and stressing to meet deadlines. To prevent this, define your hours and stick to your schedule. If you don’t have an actual office, designate a specific area in your Dallas apartment that is strictly for work.
Trying to do too many things at once can leave you feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. It’s also not a very productive way to work. You can prevent this by making a point to focus on only one task at a time. If you find this too difficult, be deliberate about building your schedule. Set aside specific time to tackle each item on your to-do list and be disciplined enough to adhere to that schedule. For instance, only answer emails from 8am to 9am.
There are a ton of apps that are specifically designed to aid with focus and productivity. Whether it’s an electronic calendar or an app that reminds you what you’re supposed to be working on and when, take advantage of the technology that’s available to you. Keeping on track can help you feel more in control, which will help to keep stress levels down.
Take care of yourself.
Just because you no longer have to leave your Dallas apartment anymore to head to the office, doesn’t mean you should become sedentary. Exercise is still an important component of good health and can help combat stress. Likewise, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and taking care of your mental and emotional wellbeing are more important now than ever before.
It’s ok to take breaks throughout the day. In fact, it’s strongly recommended. Stepping away from your work area from time to time can help you clear your head, refresh your mind and renew your energy. Go for a walk to get some fresh air. If your Dallas apartment offers amenities like a fitness center or recreational room, take advantage and utilize those perks throughout the day. You’ll be surprised at what a difference this can make on your productivity.
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