How the AOL team are keeping routine WFH
Working from home has become commonplace for many of us and although we’re big advocates for creating a dedicated home work space (& packing it up at the end of day), it can still be a balancing act having your work and personal life in the same space.
Here are a few things the An Organised Life team are doing to keep routine while working remotely.
Beck Wadworth, Founder & Creative Director.
Schedule weekly meetings
To keep some consistency while working from home & working in different countries, as a team we have a weekly Zoom every Wednesday & a WIP on Monday & Friday too. These scheduled touch points as a team allow us to stay on track, motivated & up to date. It also helps us to tick off our budgets, goals & more as a team. Every Friday we also share our wins for the week which is such a nice way to finish a Friday.
Work in time blocks
99% of the time I’m a very self motivated person, but that other 1% of the time I’m not - we’re all human! I also have those days that I feel flat or very stressed & overwhelmed! To help with this, I utilise time blocking - it works wonders & allows me to focus on a 1 hour block at a time. Breaking up my day & workload in manageable chunks. I also find it helpful to block breaks - which is even more important when WFH. Taking the time to get some fresh air, hydrate & re-energise.
Maintaining a tidy workspace
I’m a big believer in creating a dedicated space to work from when you are WFH. It could be a full home office set up or a desk set up in the corner or your dining room table. As long as it works for you that’s what’s important. For me, the routine of going to the same space each day at home helps me stay focused & motivated.
My Tip: If you set up in a common area of your home - make sure you pack away everything at the end of each day. Trust me! Otherwise you will constantly feel like 'work' is right there & you're surrounded by it 24/7. It's good to separate personal & professional home life.
Sara Pull, Sales & PR
I’m missing my morning commute ‘self’ time so I like to break up my morning by going to get a takeaway coffee (and sometimes an ocean swim) before I start my work day. I find this helps to shift my mind from my waking up state to work state.
I love writing my to-do list for the following day, not only is it beneficial for staying organised but it helps with finding motivation coming straight from bed to your workspace because you’ll have a to-do list or action plan ready to start chipping away at.
Samantha Holley, E-Commerce
Even though I may not be able to physically go to a pilates or boxing class I still schedule in exercise each week, whether these are online workouts or outside activities. I schedule my exercise in my diary with all my other appointments which ensures I am prioritising my fitness and sticking to my plan.
I still meal prep my lunches on Sundays. I am guilty for getting too caught up with work and not stopping to make lunch when I am at home. This means I end up snacking all day and not having a proper meal. By meal prepping for the week It's so easy to have a yummy healthy lunch when all you have to do is grab it out of the fridge.