Home Entrepreneurs Is It Time to Shake Up Your WFH Routine?

Is It Time to Shake Up Your WFH Routine?

by Ozva Admin
Is It Time to Shake Up Your WFH Routine?

Just because your work-from-home routine isn’t terrible, doesn’t mean it can’t be better. In this article, the author describes three reasons why you might want to make a change: 1) You feel bored with the same old thing. If you’re in the WFH plateau and it’s affecting your motivation and productivity, it’s time to turn things around. 2) There has been a change in your household routines. Perhaps your spouse has returned to the office or your children have changed schools, so the pickup and drop-off times are different. These changes in your environment are important and mean that you need to think carefully about all parts of your day. 3) You want to establish healthier habits. For some, the switch to working from home improved their self-care as they repurposed their commute time to get more sleep in the morning or take a few late-night walks. But for others, not going to the office affected their healthy habits. If this sounds a bit like you, try adjusting your schedule to better meet your health needs. Small adjustments to your routine can have a big impact and could give you a fresh focus for the new year.

We are approaching three years since the initial exodus from office, where millions of people found themselves parked at home full-time, overnight. The initial shock of that transition has faded. So if you took part in the office flight, chances are you’ve gotten used to a routine look.

But is it time to make a change? As a time management coach, I have helped clients around the world navigate the transition from the office to home and back. What I have seen is that a few small changes to your schedule can have a big impact and could give you a fresh focus for the new year.

Here are some reasons why you may want to change things and how to make these changes effectively.

Reason #1: You feel bored with the same old thing.

One of the reasons why you may need to change your work-from-home schedule is that nothing has changed in the last two years and the monotony is getting to you. Instead of starting work on time, log in and then get some more sleep. You miss social interactions with your coworkers. And every day feels like the day before.

If you’re in that WFH plateau and it’s affecting your motivation and productivity, it’s time to turn things around.

One of the most effective ways to do this is through a change of scenery. I’ve seen people go to coffee shops, libraries, or even hang out by the pool if they live in warmer climates. If you want a real office feel, it can also be placed in a co-working space. Getting out and being around other people can add a bit of time and distraction. But if overall it helps you feel more energized and motivated, then it’s a productivity gain.

If your work isn’t easy to transport around because you need multiple computer screens or other special equipment, there are still ways to infuse some variety into your routine. One could be through a virtual coworking partner. You can ask a coworker or friend to work with you on a video call. Or you could use a service like FocusMate, which will match you with someone else in the world who needs to do something at the same time as you.

Finally, you could add a little spice to your routine by incorporating something new and fresh. For example, if you sign up for ClassPass, you can try a variety of gyms in your area. Every week could be an opportunity to experience something new. Or you can search MeetUp.com for events happening in your area. Sometimes having something to look forward to at night can make you much more focused during daylight hours. Clients I’ve worked with have also said that being in an environment where it would be rude to be on their phones also helps their minds really take off work.

Reason #2: Your household routines have changed.

Another reason to adjust your work-from-home schedule is to account for shifts that may not have happened to you, but around you. For example, maybe your spouse is back at the office so they’re out for most of the day, or your kids have changed schools so pick up and drop off times are different, or you have a puppy and now you need to include walks in your schedule.

These changes in your environment are important and mean that you need to think carefully about all parts of your day. For example, should you adjust your start time earlier or later? Need to find help with carpooling for school or sports? Does your exercise program need modification?

Acknowledge how changes in your household routine buy you more or less time, and then reset your expectations accordingly.

Reason #3: You want to establish healthier habits.

For some, the switch to working from home improved their self-care as they repurposed their commute time to get more sleep in the morning or take a few late-night walks. But for others, not going to the office affected their healthy habits, leading them to not have a defined down time, so they work later and then go to sleep later. Others also abandoned their exercise routine when they stopped going to the gym at work and never regained momentum. And others may have traded in the salad bar at the office cafeteria for DoorDash and found that even their stretchy pants no longer fit.

If this sounds a bit like you, it’s time to modify your schedule to better meet your health needs. Some potential solutions include setting firmer start and end times so that you have time at night to wind down and sleep at a decent hour. If you want more flexibility than a set schedule, but also want clarity on when you’ve “done enough” for the day, another approach is to count the blocks of work you complete, aiming for eight- or nine-hour blocks. Once you’ve established your time, whether it’s 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, or 8:00 PM, allow yourself to stop without guilt.

To start folding into physical movement, you can start small. Some of the people I work with will start with even 10 minutes of exercise a day that they can do from home. Apps like Sworkit can give you short routines, and you can find plenty of free videos on YouTube. Another strategy is to take short five-minute walks for breaks instead of checking your phone. It takes about the same amount of time and improves your health and focus instead of detracting from them.

Finally, if you have struggled with nutrition since working from home, you may need to build in time on weekends or a weeknight to pick up or order groceries. Most grocery stores carry prepared salads and quick meals that are less expensive and often healthier than takeout. You can also pick up apples, bananas, baby carrots, and other quick and easy snacks to encourage nutritious eating.

. . .

Just because your work-from-home schedule isn’t terrible, doesn’t mean it can’t be better. Use these strategies if you need a new relationship with your remote work schedule in the new year.

You may also like

Leave a Comment