Spring has well and truly arrived. The sun is shining and the birds are singing, yet the transition from winter to spring has been anything but normal this year. Our country is in lock-down; we are encouraged to socially distance ourselves, schools are closed and most of us are encouraged to work from and stay at home. It’s unusual and uncertain. But the good news is that while we don’t know what the future holds, we know who holds the future.
Romans 15:13 (TPT) says this:
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!
What an incredible verse. Our God is the inspiration and foundation of hope, and my prayer is that He will fill you with uncontainable joy and perfect peace today and every day. Let me encourage you today, let’s approach this season with HOPE, and let’s make the most of it!
I don’t have children yet (though my miracle babe will arrive in 7 ish short weeks), but I work from home. In fact, while working from home is new to many, I’ve had a home office for the last few years, so I figured I’d share five quick practical things that I have found helpful to increase productivity and make it a win. Now, I am mindful that many of you are home-schooling your children while also working from home, so I’d encourage you to simply apply what works for you.
Here’s what has worked for me:
#1. Dress for success!
It can be tempting to stay in your PJs or slacks when working from home, but I actually don’t think it’s helpful. Every day, whether I have an important conference call or not, I get up, do my make-up, and put on clothes that would be appropriate for my work/ office. It makes me feel fresh & ready for the day, and I actually believe it increases my productivity.
#2. Stick to your normal routine!
While this season may give you some more flexibility in how you plan your work day, I’d encourage you to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. Get up at the normal time, start and end your work day at the normal times, take a lunch break to re-fuel and re-focus etc.
#3. Set up a work station!
It can be tempting to work from the comfort of your bed or couch, but that’s not going to be where you are most effective & productive, nor is it good for your body, so set up a little work station. You may have an office space with a desk, or your dining table might turn into your office… Use whatever “office like” furniture you have available. You won’t regret it!
#4. Stay connected!
Working from home can feel lonely, but while we may be encouraged to socially distance ourselves, that doesn’t mean we cannot stay connected with our colleagues. Continue the office banter on WhatsApp/ social media, spread out your conference call so that you interact with someone every day. Staying connected makes work life more fun!
#5. Have a to-do list!
I am a list-person, and I like to start my Mondays by outlining all my meetings, projects, and deadlines that week, and where applicable, I allocate time slots to complete specific tasks. The to-do list keeps me accountable + there is something very satisfying about checking those boxes at the end of the day/week.
So there you go; a spiritual nugget and a few practical tips to help you make the most of this season.
Ladies, we’ve got this! Love you all, Nina. Xo