Shakespeare apparently made use of being quarantined during the plague to write King Lear. Not only did he churn out one of the most impressive plays in history while in isolation, he came up with two more works – Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
That little fun fact may make you feel like you should be doing something, anything, to feel like you’re getting things done with the endless amount of time on your hands. Unfortunately for some, gearing yourself up to write the next great American novel or, if you’re fortunate enough to work from home, staying focused on your work seems like a more-than-daunting task. Here are some ways to take care of yourself while at work.
Take Care of Your Mind and Your Workspace
No matter what your work environment is like, you still have some control over your individual workspace. In fact, our environment and workspace can have a significant impact on productivity. To declutter your workspace and your mind:
- Give your brain some room to do what it needs to. Don’t wake up in the morning, get out of bed, and go straight to your laptop. Do something that will shake off the cobwebs, whether it’s working out or making yourself a nutritious, filling breakfast. Take time to become yourself again before settling into the workday.
- Try to keep the most important things on your work surface. Remove mail, piles of bills, or other things that may distract you from your tasks.
- Look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes. Take a stretch, look out the window. Check-in with a friend or family member.
Give Yourself A Break
You may think that every moment you aren’t working is a moment wasted. It’s not. You are not a machine, and even if you were, even robots need to reboot every once in a while. I suggest giving yourself a break in more ways than one. Yes, get up from your computer. Take a walk. Eat lunch outside if you can. But give yourself a mental break, too. We’re not just working from home, we’re working during a national emergency – and we can forgive ourselves for needing a breather from time to time.
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