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How to bring back routine in WFH?

Without a doubt 2020 has disrupted the ‘routine’ for all of us. While it was all fun and games for the first couple of months, now most of us, if not all, yearn to get back to our routines, to what we call a ‘normal’ life. But let’s face it, it isn’t happening anytime soon, at least not this year. Now that we have established this fact, I see two options: either we sit and crib about the normalcy we know is yards away, or we sit up, find a solution and regain at least a part of our normalcy back!

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    Set a time

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    Set a time

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    Routine revolves around time! You call it a routine because you have a set of actions you perform through the day at their dedicated time. So, begin with setting a time-detailed routine for your new schedule of 2020 and stick to it. Start your daily work at a fixed time and also try to wrap it up within the ‘working hours’. Basically, make sure that your weekdays and weekends look different! I know that this is easier said than done, especially in India where most of us have offices where there is no such concept of fixed working hours. I would still suggest you talk and hopefully convince your seniors to enforce a set time, and if you are a senior yourself, I hope you are at least considering this.

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    Dedicate a space for work

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    Dedicate a space for work

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    It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a small corner of your house. You can of course dedicate a separate room if you have the means to do so. Make sure your work space looks and feels like one. Avoid having a couch, a bean bag or anything close by that can make your posture sloppy. If you wish to go a step further, you can even make your work space smell different from the rest of your house. Trust me, it works! We use our five senses in more ways than we think we do. And if you manage to convince your brain that this dedicated space is your office, your body will follow! If you still have second thoughts, what’s the harm in trying?

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    Draw a line

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    Draw a line

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    And stay on either side at a time. Don’t mix your household duties with those of your work. That being said, don’t neglect them either, just ensure to not jumble everything up. For instance, don’t chop vegetables as you go through a presentation or grab snacks when the video conference doesn’t demand your video. At the same time, when you are helping your child with their homework, don’t start working on yours from work. One of the major things about the routine was the difference in our professional and personal lives, so now when everything seems to be at the same place, at the same time, it is bound to become overwhelming. If you want to avoid that, ensure that you draw a line, not to completely isolate the two but to maintain a healthy balance of both.

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    You don’t get paid to take breaks

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    You don’t get paid to take breaks

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    Infrequent breaks from work have probably seen a peak of a lifetime. Now this is bound to happen, given that we are now working from home, most of us. Try looking at it this way, the more breaks you take, the more your work gets delayed and as a result, ‘working hours’ don’t seem to end. So, let’s avoid all of this. Take what is a genuine, lunch break and not the one where it extends into an afternoon nap. If you, like me, start feeling lethargic after lunch, go for a short walk. Keep yourself active, give 10 minutes of your time to take a small walk and you will feel better. In addition to this, please note, IPL doesn’t require you to have your eyes glued to the television, use it as a background prop.

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    Wear the attire

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    Wear the attire

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    Now, I am not asking you to put on your suit at home but I am asking you to not wear pyjamas to work. And trust me, it matters. If you want to get back into the groove then give your mind and body the reasons to believe you. When you are dressed formally, like you would in your office, it gives you a sense of responsibility, and you then act accordingly. If you are going to follow the above-mentioned steps then you might as well add this to your list. And wouldn’t it feel nice to finally change into your comfortable pyjamas at the end of your work day?

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    Pick up one healthy habit

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    Pick up one healthy habit

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    It could be anything. You don’t have to join a gym, make a complete shift to salads or give up on your coffee. I am not asking you to prepare for a marathon, you just have to take baby steps towards a conscious choice of health. A few suggestions could be, a simple 15-minute walk, maybe switch to a healthier breakfast, drink 8-10 glasses of water, eat one fruit a day, as simple as these. Now you don’t have to follow all of them at once, pick up one habit and stay true to it. When you are ready, pick up another. One habit I would recommend for everybody would be the 20-20-20 rule for your eyes. Owing to a lot of screen time, ensure that after every 20 minutes, you look away from your screen at any object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Quick & Easy!

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    The mindset

    The mindset

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    None of the above measures are going to work unless you believe in them. No matter how many healthy habits you pick up, or how formally you dress, it won’t matter if you are not convinced that this will work, or worse if you are just waiting for it to fail. Have a little patience and as much faith. Also, don’t expect things to just turn around for the better within a day, you have to give it some time. The current situation is a tough time for all of us, but it isn’t something we can’t win over. To conclude on a positive note,

     

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Anonymous

 
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