Thursday, September 17, 2020
Hello! It is almost the weekend!
I am not an expert on this topic by any means, but I have learned some things that work for me and I wanted to share them. Please share your tips, advice in the comments!
First a little backstory: I am a high school Spanish teacher. I never, ever, ever wanted to work from home. I never thought I ever would! But, I worked from home in the months of April and May and now I find myself working mostly from home since the beginning of August. I did go in to teach in my classroom without any students the first two days of school but it was sad and lonely and uncomfortable. I may try it again but we have kind of a crazy schedule and it would involve me bringing my equipment back and setting it up again. I did go in for lunch with colleagues one day and that was nice!
Do not start working immediately. I still make time for my coffee and slow morning routine. I get up earlier to be able to do this.
Leave a list for yourself at the end of each working day. This enables me to stress less and know that I will not forget a task. I start work each morning by tackling the list.
Do not check email before you are ready to start work. I found that one out the hard way. The minute I check email I am in work mode.
Use the alarms on your phone. I was worried I would forget something because we have an odd schedule. The alarms really help. Maybe even set an alarm to STOP working!
Keep a big thing of water at your workstation.
If you can actually go to a workstation in your house it is better. Shut the door when not working. Only go to that area when you are working. It helps delineate the home life from work life. My station is now at my basement desk.
I am using a desktop and a laptop. Work smarter not harder sometimes. Find what works for you. Develop a routine.
Take breaks for meals and do not eat at your desk. Take a walk. It is hard to sit in front of a computer all day. I am even meal prepping so that I know I have a meal ready.
Stop working! Still do things you enjoy. I am reading less but I am still reading.
Turn off notifications or the sound on your computer. Check and respond to email in batches instead of all day long. When I take a break, I turn off the sound on my computer so I am not disturbed by an email coming in.
Other things I did/do:
I turned off Google Classroom notifications on my phone.
I took work email off of my phone.
Take shower at night to make mornings more streamlined. I did a whole post about this!
My Workday Schedule:
5:30 or 6:00-7:15 – 2 cups of coffee, devotional, blog reading, news watching, kitchen cleanup and piddling and breakfast making and eating
7:15 – Tom leaves for work and I get ready – only need 15 minutes due to night shower
7:30 – Sign in and start working and teaching live classes
11:30 – lunch
12:15-3- Work – live classes, grading, planning, etc.
3- run an errand
relax with book or t.v., cook dinner, eat dinner, do a little more work, relax
10:15 (so late for me!)- Bed
It took me a while to get to a schedule that is working fairly well for me.
What is working for you if you work from home? Any tips for me?