Tips to Creating a Relaxing Work-At-Home Environment
Many people are now working from home as we face these unprecedented times. Although it may be enjoyable to work in your sweat pants, or heck - no pants at all, being home all the time can also be a reminder of how COVID-19 has changed our world.
In order to be productive during your day and eliminate visual distractions, one needs to create a calming workspace that will help reduce external anxieties as much as possible.
For me there are a few things I like to do to make my work space more welcoming and less stressful, who knows - maybe some of them can help you as well!
Clean Up - Working in a chaotic environment often makes ones mind feel chaotic inside as well. So you need to get rid of those unneeded items that take up space and cause visual stress.Start with getting rid of those receipts you don’t need and file those documents you’ve finished working on. A good habit to get used to is to spend the last 5 minutes of your day putting things back in their place, wiping down your desk with an Antibacterial Cleaner and removing finger prints from your computer screen with a Glass Cleaner thus ensuring that you can start the day fresh the next morning. For some helpful tips on cleaning different surfaces read our blog post here: https://www.onetabs.ca/blogs/onetab-blog/streaky-surface-heres-why
Add Some Life - find some space to include plants in your workspace, even if they are fake. This one simple trick helps provide your mind with a sense of nature which in turn, brings about a sense of calm. While most work spaces are located indoors and at times in areas without windows - one can develop a sense “cabin fever”. By having nature around it helps keep the mind in a positive, happier place. If the plants are real, the extra oxygen that plants produce and their air-filtering qualities help provide a natural source of freshness, keeping your mind fresh as well.
Find a Routine - If you are used to getting up in the morning, working out, showering and putting on makeup - then find the time to do it even though you are at home. Maintaining a routine is essential for motivation, not only will it keep the feelings of depression at bay, it will also provide you with a sense of accomplishment. The determination of keeping up with your regular routine is proof within itself that you can do this. You can work from home - effectively.
Stay motivated - Especially in these times, some days it can be hard to get going and think about the positives. Surround yourself with motivational quotes and uplifting printouts of thoughts or pictures that remind you of your goals. Even a simple post it note with the right message can help get you into a more positive mindset.
Set SMART Goals for your day/week/month - It can be overwhelming to look at the day ahead and know that you have so many things to get done. Since you are working at home, you may also have the demand of children, a spouse or other distractions. Don’t be hard on yourself, millions of people are in the same position. Set yourself up for success by using the S.M.A.R.T goal setting system:
S.pecific - Specify exactly needs to be done. Be direct and detailed M.easurable - How will you measure your accomplishment? How will you know you have completed the task or goal? A.chievable - Be realistic about what you plan to accomplish and is it within your power to accomplish it? Be honest and ask yourself - is this goal attainable and do I have the tools to do it successfully? R.elevant - By completing this goal, does it make a difference in your overall objectives? Does it correlate with your values? Is attaining this goal worthwhile? T.ime - What is a realistic deadline? When do you expect to be finished
I hope you find these suggestions helpful and you feel inspired to create a balanced and inspiring workspace for yourself. The internet is full of inspirational ideas and crafty ways to make your space uniquely yours. Check out Pinterest for a vast array of ideas. Print them off and post them where you can see them to provide you with the inspiration you need to declutter, clean, organize and get motivated.
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