Developing a sustainable work routine at home

Working from home is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some are adjusting very well to it, while some have seen drastic changes. To ride with the times, one must learn how to live with the changes to avoid burnout.

• Plan the day ahead. Make sure you keep a little notepad where you can write down your tasks for the day. With the little menu of things you listed, you get a head start of where the day will take you and how you should accomplish them.

• Calm your concerns. Learn how to operate on a collected level. Armed with the to-do list you already have, take comfort in the fact that you already have an idea of how your day will go. 

• Set alarms for tasks. Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? Basically, you render several minutes of work with 10-minute intervals in between as breaks. This could be done in 50/15 schemes — 50 minutes of work, 15 minutes of break. Use your break times to check social media, have a snack, or go outside to get some sunlight. This way, you avoid getting too worked up and too saturated in front of your screens.  

• Change your routine. To avoid being sucked into a routine and to veer yourself away from a “here we go again” day, make it a habit to add something new. Change your workout schedule, read a book while on break, or simply take a nap. 

• Avoid screen time. Do something without having to spend too much time on the screen. At the end of the day, you’ll thank yourself by not staying online for too long.