Hello my friends! 😀 A lot has changed in the past week… How are you coping with the changes and possibly working from home? I welcome you to take a breather from everything as we Take Stock…
4 Fun Tips To Survive Working From Home!
I acknowledge that working from home looks different for everyone, and that’s okay…
It may be that some aspects of your business have closed down for the time being… Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to balance having the kids suddenly back, plus now working from home…
How do you still maintain productivity with these changes? Well, keep reading because there’s a little something here for everyone…
Establish a new routine to stay productive…
Suddenly working from home can make one feel like a fish out of water. I bet you’ve seen the funny memes and videos going around of babies and goats causing all kinds of mayhem…? 😀
Truth-be-told, working from home takes a bit of adjusting to… Here a few things you can do to make your process easier.
>>Start with creating a new routine that works for you and your situation… You might consider waking up earlier, or working late at night if you have toddlers.
>>Establish a working space that’s separate from your living area… This might be tricky if you have a smaller house.
However you can trick your brain into making the distinction, for instance, by not eating or watching TV in that part of the house… Instead, place your laptop and working material in that space and use it only for work.
>>If you have kids, set up a separate room for them to play and learn with toys, painting/drawing tools etc.
>> Plan and write down your day’s agenda the night before.
>> Minimize distractions, much as possible. Plan your workday into chunks of high-focused time, with healthy breaks in between.
>> Schedule your conference calls and virtual meetings for the afternoons or when you might feel less productive.
>> Shower! Yup I said it! You’ll feel tempted to work in your pajamas, but don’t get sucked into it. 😀
The fun part is that every day can be like Casual Friday! That tiny action of getting dressed, helps to switch your mind into work-mode. Plus you never know when the boss might request for an impromptu virtual meeting right? 😉
P.S. Remember to sanitize your working spaces frequently.
Unplug From The Madness & Plug into your support System
I’ve had to make a conscious decision to unplug from reading updates about the pandemic… Honestly, my mind was starting to feel like a full blown circus! Can you relate?
For us to be effective working from home, now’s the time to unplug…
Wanting to know what’s happening is normal… However, it can take over your entire life, rendering you more powerless.
>>So limit your time on social media and avoid partaking in negative conversations…
At the heart of it, we’re all yearning to connect and know that we are not alone.
>>Lean into your support system. As time goes by, you’ll start to miss conversations with your colleagues or hanging out with your friends. This is especially true for people who live alone.
>>Make up for the human connection by setting up virtual dates with your friends and family. And when you do, refrain from negative topics that leave you feeling helpless…
>>It’s good to talk about how you are feeling and the fears this situation may be bringing up.
You want to leave the conversations feeling positive and encouraged.
>>If you are home with your family, come up with fun ways to hangout like game nights, movie marathons, karaoke night and family devotionals…
>>Reach out to the people in your life and let them know you care. If we each do our part, we’ll get through this together. 🙂
P.S. Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap frequently!
Keep Your Fitness Game Up!
Most gyms have closed down, so you may be feeling out of whack without your structured workout schedule and instructor.
You are in luck because YouTube is our friend! 😉 This will take a little more discipline, but your body will thank you for it!
Yoga is my favourite way to keep fit at home. I recommend Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube if you’d like to give yoga a try…
If yoga’s not your cup of tea, search ‘home workout videos’ on YouTube, and you’re sure to find something that works for you. 🙂
P.S. Remember keep your workout props and surfaces clean.
Sign Up For Online Classes!
If you aren’t actively working, you might be looking for something to keep you or your kids mentally engaged…
Well, I have just the fix! Skillshare is an online learning platform that provides you with access to classes and workshops taught by professionals around the world.
GREAT NEWS>> I have partnered with Skillshare to give you a 2 Months’ Membership FREE with full access to all their resources! Yay right? 😀
There are classes on nearly any topic you can think of: from baking to cinematography to business!
Check on the link below to start learning for FREE on Skillshare!!
P.S. Don’t forget to sanitize and wipe your laptop, mouse and working surfaces regularly!
Taking Stock March 2020
Buying: Into the idea of a virtual book club. 🙂
Craving: Pizza with chicken, bacon and corn toppings. Yum!
Cooking: Rice and beans. High school flashbacks anyone? Lol. 😀
Drinking: Black tea brewed with fresh ginger.
Eating: Papaya fruit. The things we do to stay healthy! Sigh.
Enjoying: My at home yoga practice. The beauty of being cooped up in the house is that I can stay committed to my daily yoga routine.
Feeling: Hopeful about 2020! Yes, this year still has the potential to be amazing! I believe it!!!
Learning: How to tell better stories through videos and photography on Skillshare.
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Listening: To Footprints by Sia.
Looking: For my ‘future Bae’ so we can get married during quarantine, without the hullabaloo and hollow pockets, that weddings attract! HA! I kid. 😀
Making: Travel plans by faith…. Because this season will pass.
Missing: The freedom of being in a matatu or sitting in a restaurant while watching people go about their lives… Never ever thought I’d say that honestly.
Also, I miss my Mum terribly. 🙂
Noticing: That I feel more peaceful when I am not scouring the internet for News and updates.
Playing: The online crossword. It’s not really a game, but it helps to jump-start my brain!
Reading: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. I am only one day into it… that still counts right?
Thinking: About the things I am grateful for… Thankful for my family & friends, good health, for this blog and for you my awesome readers! 🙂
Wanting: To spread positive vibes in these uncertain times. You can too! 😉
Watching: Short episodes of ‘Ask Steve’ on Steve Harvey’s YouTube channel.
His answers tend to border between hilarious and great wisdom! So you are sure to either learn something or burst out laughing. Win-Win! 😀
Wishing: The Mindy Project was on Netflix!
Working: On churning out more content from my Zambia trip.
>>Rise above the fray and start making plans for the future… Keep hope alive! This too shall pass!
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed the post, and found our Working From Home tips useful!
I would love to hear your working from home experiences! Do you have some tips of your own to share? Leave a comment down below with questions and/or input, and I’ll be sure to respond! 😉
<<Stay. Inspired. Always.>>
Ole-tundaMarch 26, 2020 at 2:40 am
Thank you for coming in handy with an array of tested and proven ways to combat the COVID 19 . My favourite section being the physical fitness aspect that nobody – not even the government -has talked about. Your hindsight is golden.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 12, 2020 at 12:05 am
It’s my utmost pleasure to share! Thank you for reading and do stay safe 😀
JoseMarch 22, 2020 at 2:09 am
Wow! Such a wonderful post full of hope and helpful “Interesting things to do before boredom kills us all”. Thanks so much for sharing your shiny ideas, that’s the best for our current situation. Great!
Scrapbook JourneysMarch 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm
Thank you Jose! Glad you liked it!! Haha and yes, we do have to do our best to keep boredom at bay!! 🙂
Phina NandwaMarch 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm
Praying for this situation .. I love those tips of working at home, one has to be discipline yeah girl, meanwhile I have been able to do something to keep busy. Good stuffs marion
Scrapbook JourneysMarch 23, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Thank you Phina… We definitely continue to pray! Have a great week ahead, working from home! 🙂
MegMarch 21, 2020 at 8:37 am
Scrapbook JourneysMarch 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm
Thank you Meg! Glad you liked it! 🙂
MercyMarch 20, 2020 at 1:14 pm
This too shall pass.. Thank you for the tips Missy. I’ll definitely try them from Monday.
Scrapbook JourneysMarch 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm
Amen and Amen! I wish you all the best as you start your week at the top! 😉