At KC, we become more and more aware every day of the impact Covid-19 has had and continues to have on the world at large. In this difficult time, we see the shape of our lives changing, and this loss of daily routine can be incredibly jarring to some – we extend our comfort to those struggling with the transition. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to be able to work from home, we know that this opportunity poses its own set of challenges – which is why we’ve compiled some of our top tips for making the most of your day while prioritizing your mental health and well-being.
- Set boundaries with your time. It can be so easy to allow your work to consume your entire day, and well into your evening. Set a plan for yourself that mirrors the schedule you would have at work – for example, a 9:00 am start time with a 5:00 pm finish time. Once 5:00 pm rolls around, commit to closing your emails and taking the time to recharge. The work will still be there in the morning.
- Schedule breaks. A part of maintaining your well-being is giving yourself opportunities to rest. Every few hours stand up and stretch, grab a snack, or give a friend a quick call – 10 – 15 minutes away can do wonders for both your productivity and your mood. Be sure you’re taking your lunch break the same way you would at your place of work – allot yourself time to prepare and enjoy a nourishing meal to get you through your day.
- Maintain some routine. Continue your morning rituals as you normally would – shower, prepare breakfast, get dressed, etc. This familiarity will make the transition into working from home more organic, as you’ve already prepared yourself for the day ahead.
- Create a calm working environment. Turn on your diffuser with your favourite scent, or light a candle – creating a specified ‘workspace’ makes it that much easier to transition into the work from home mentality. Try playing some instrumental music, but avoid loud, displacing distractions like the TV.
- Create and achieve a task list. Each morning, prioritize the work you want to get done that day. Avoid listing overly large or vague tasks – these will only discourage your progress and derail the flow of productivity. Instead, set small, attainable goals that are easy to reach, so that each time you check one off your list, you’ll feel empowered to continue on to the next. By the end of the day you’ll have a tangible measurement of your accomplishments for that work period.
- Take care of yourself. It is a truth that we are better for others when we are kinder to ourselves. The same is true for work – we are more productive when we acknowledge and respond to our needs. So be sure that you are at the top of your list of priorities – treat yourself with kindness and recognize your value.
We hope these next few weeks, while full of uncertainty, find you developing a routine that works for you. The circumstances of the world are isolating, and can be scary – but we are reminded of our inherent connectedness, our collective experience of this means that we aren’t alone at all. We encourage you to reach out should you feel discouraged or stuck – as a part of this vibrant community of Toronto we understand this fear and are happy to offer a landing place for your concerns.
Stay safe, promote social distancing for the sake of our loved ones, and prioritize your well-being during this difficult time.