As far as I can look back in my life, there's never been
another time like this.
I love being at home when I can, but, there's so much
happening in my heart...
When I think about how the current world stage is impacting
those in some of life's most tenderest phases, it's easy to have a
heavy heart. So many of you are maneuvering the challenging
effects on the current restrictions on grade school, high school,
wedding planning, pregnancy, delivery, raising toddlers,
graduations, family celebrations and lifetime trips. Please know
our loving thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us know if we
can help support you in any way.
For many of us, Mother’s Day this year will not be the same.
Some of us will not be able to hug our Moms (maybe for the first
time in our lives), and many will not have the joy of having
children present around the Mother's Day table. Others will have
discovered the joy of virtual connections and will be connecting
for the first time with those in distant places!
Over the past several weeks, as I have reflected on how best to
manage the effects of these times in my own Home and Heart,
the concept of gratitude has repeatedly come to my mind. We
have been blessed with so much! May we each find comfort and
encouragement in reflections of the blessings we have
experienced and the possibilities of joys yet to come.
My wish for us all this Mother's Day, is that in whatever state we
find ourselves, we know that we are sustained and accompanied
by Infinite Spirit who is the source of Beauty, Balance, Serenity
and Celebration. Please don't hesitate to call me at 206-228-1988
if you would like to learn more about Home and Heart - or if you
have some survival techniques to share!
May the gifts of Beauty, Balance, Serenity and Celebration be
yours each and every day!
With love, Janene@homeandheart.net
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Create an office space
Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you should just curl up in bed with your laptop and work from there. It’s important that you take the time to set up your workspace. Set up a desk with a comfortable chair, computer, and all the office supplies you’ll need, like pens, paperclips, and a stapler. Decorate the area with photos or art that makes you happy, along with a large calendar or planner to help you stay organized.
You’ll want your home office to mimic an actual office. That means you should behave as you would during a work day surrounded by coworkers. Refrain from using your office space for sleeping, watching TV, exercising, or really anything else you wouldn’t do at work. If your phone or social media accounts often tempt you, keep your phone out of reach and ban yourself from using social media websites on your work computer.
Get in the right frame of mind
If you’re someone who works best when you’re comfortable, by all means wear casual clothes during the work day. But if you feel extra productive in clothes you’d wear into the office, wear them when you’re in your home workspace as well. This will get you in the right mindset for a productive day.
As much as possible, you should also make yourself unavailable when you step into your office.
Communicate with the rest of the company
Make sure to keep yourself available and communicate with your co-workers so that your team can still run smoothly. Keep Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime on your computer in case you need to join in a meeting via video chat. If your company uses an instant messaging system, communicate with your boss and co-workers about the projects you’re working on throughout the day and ask them questions if you need help solving a problem.
Schedule your breaks
Don’t let yourself drift into taking your breaks haphazardly, as this could quickly turn your day into one giant break. Take your breaks like you would during a day in an office away from your house. Because you’re home, you can use your breaks to catch up on the laundry, get your workout in, or call a friend or family member to catch up. However, make sure you’re still eating regularly throughout the day if you’re not going to use a break for lunch. It’s a good idea to meal prep the night before so you can just grab a premade lunch or snack from the fridge when you’re ready.
Keep a To-Do List
At the beginning of your day, write down a list of tasks you’d like to accomplish during your work day, and actually stick to the list. It’s easy to be unproductive when no one is watching you work, and this can become a harmful pattern that negatively impacts the quality of your work. On the other hand, working from home doesn’t mean you should go far beyond your to-do list or regular working hours. You still need to live your life outside of work. When you’re finished for the day, close the door behind you and resist any urge you might feel to go back into your home office and finish up just one more thing.