Nathan Hawkes here – President of Arcane Marketing
. As requested by our governor with the stay at home order
, we’ve had our team and staff working remote for almost a month now. Fortunately for us, we are almost business as usual, but working almost entirely remote. It’s interesting, we’ve had a few unique questions that we wouldn’t typically get from both our clients -and- our employees. I want to say that I appreciate the sentiment of these questions from our clients. One of our company guarantees is that we treat your business as if it were our own. This means that we’re going to engage with our clients above and beyond just the digital marketing aspect. They’re looking for some help. One of the questions that I want to quickly address today is: “We all procrastinate from time to time, or lose motivation. What do you guys do in those times? How do you get yourself back in the groove?”
I’m going to give you 5 tips to help keep you on top of your game while working at home:
1. Set aside a dedicated space based on your needs.
You need to put yourself in your zone of genius. Your close environment matters. Maybe you find a little peace and uninterrupted time on your backyard patio. Perhaps it’s curled up on your couch. Your space doesn’t have to be the same place all day long, but you need to stick to it.
2. Declutter and remove distractions
If there’s stuff nearby that reminds you of something you need to do around the house, your eyes will go there and you’ll get distracted. Decluttering will keep you more focused on the task at hand. I’ve found that I like to put my airpods in and listen to music while working. That keeps me from hearing ambient sounds that might distract me.
3. Get ready for the day
Getting up, getting dressed and ready for the day is a key mental point to help you get work done. Set a morning ritual and stick to it. For many people that’s a breakfast, or cup of coffee, or working out and then a shower. Do your hair and possibly your make up. An important part of this point is the physical effort made to get ready. Set the tone for work.
4. Set a schedule and stick to it
Set meetings and set work time. Maybe this means you need to be specific about the time and task you’re working on. Don’t let distractions get in the way. Use a calendar to keep you informed. The secret to making this work is to set the task or focus time to be short and achievable. Maybe this means you spend 45-60 minutes working on something. Then, take a 10-15 minute break. You’re going to look forward to that break and you’ll get enough of them during the day, that time will fly by during your focused task time. It’s important to begin and end your tasks on time.
5. Get out
During your breaks, make sure you get up and walk around. Go outside. Go to another room. Get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Maybe you do a few lunges or push-ups to get some blood circulation. Do something and then get your mind off of the task you’ve just finished working on. There you go. 5 easy tips to keep your mind focused when you need it and production at a top level. These are doable for any and everybody. If you have any additional tips on this topic, we’d love to hear from you.
Stay safe. Keep well, remember that we’re all in this recovery together! Bye for now.