It goes without saying that the entire world has changed. With the spread of COVID-19 we are now seeing the effects that it has on the entire world. During this time stress levels are incredibly high as people are worried about the health of their loved ones and themselves. Of course, one of the biggest effects is also that companies have had to move to remote work, putting business owners and employees in positions that previously they may not have experienced.
It can be challenging in a time of struggle to remain motivated during this time, and even more so if you’re not typically used to working from home. Today we wanted to share with you a few ways that you can help to keep yourself focused and remain motivated during the quarantine period.
Get ready for work
We know there are a thousand memes currently floating around the internet about working from bed, wearing pajamas and poor hygiene – they’re funny. However, in your real, everyday life one of the worst things you can do for your motivation is to roll out of bed and straight into work. How can you really be “on” if you’ve just woken up?
We’re not saying you need to get dressed in your best clothes - but get dressed. When you wake up in the morning get out of bed and start your day like you would if you were going into the office. Stretch, get dressed, have a cup of coffee and some breakfast and give yourself the time to fully wake up. By the time you turn on that computer you’ll be ready to tackle the day. This will also benefit your relationship with your team as your motivation will push you to do your best work.
Set short term goals for long term gains
During this time, it’s completely normal that you might be feeling uncertain when it comes to your role. If you’re a business owner, you may be concerned with regards to revenue. If you’re an employee, you might be struggling with working from home. The best way that you can combat this feeling of uncertainty and dread is to start doing things now that will benefit you later.
If there’s something that has come from quarantine, it’s that we all now have a lot more time on our hands. It’s the perfect time to work on those short-term goals you’ve always wanted to but never had a chance to start. Think about those which will benefit your business in the future and get moving on them now. You’ll feel great about yourself when you’re accomplishing your goals. Plus, when quarantine is over and the world begins to go back to normal, you’ll be ahead of the game and ready to fire on.
Ensure that you exercise and maintain a routine
It goes without saying that quarantine is an issue when it comes to exercise. Even the most dedicated gym-goers are finding themselves lost which is then culminating in a lack of motivation when working from home. However, if you set yourself an exercise routine and stick with it, you’ll quickly see how much more focused you’ll be when working.
Not sure how to get started? Just go. Set yourself a specific time of day, maybe first thing in the morning, during your lunch break or before dinner, but set the time and make sure that you stick to it. When your body is healthy and fit, your mind will be as well. Watch how much you can accomplish when you’re at your peak.
When it comes to quarantine, it’s understandable you might start feeling a lack of motivation, there is a lot that is going on. However, if you follow the tips we’ve provided you today it can help get you back on track and working at 100%. You might notice our tips today aren’t directed specifically at your work life but focused around keeping you mentally and physically healthy during uncertain times. At Caddyboo we’re dedicated to our community and striving to help you be your best, always doing what we can’t.
Stay safe everyone.
Authors: Mo Cheung