The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many of us to begin working from home for the first time. While this sounds wonderful, working from home presents some unique challenges that can prevent us from being our most productive selves.
When I first began working from home, I found myself feeling lost without a schedule and the structure that a physical location can bring. Here are some strategies that can help you be more successful when completing your internship rotations from home.
- Find Structure
Creating a schedule can help bring structure to your day. Planning for each task that must be completed can help you be more productive. It can also be beneficial to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and take regular breaks. If you’ve never tried meal planning, this might be the time to see if it works for you. Planning to make new recipes can bring excitement to your day and might be a great opportunity to try something that requires some extra preparation (like that bread recipe that you keep seeing online).
- Create a Positive Environment
Find a place to complete your work and make it a positive space. This could include motivational quotes, encouraging messages to yourself, or items that bring joy to your space. Finding a nice music playlist or diffusing essential oils could also help you get in the mindset to be focused. By creating a positive place to work, you are more likely to enjoy spending time there.
- Remain Focused
Working from home requires self-discipline to remain focused. You might consider creating a reward system, like making a cup of tea or taking a short walk after finishing a task. Using a timer system can also help you to stay focused to finish what needs to be done.
- Care for Yourself
While work is important, taking time to relax and unwind can’t be forgotten. Find moments to enjoy the outdoors (if possible) to get your daily dose of sunshine or be active in a way that you enjoy. Don’t forget that you aren’t in this alone! Remember to reach out to those you love through a phone or video call to stay connected.
Adapting to changes can be difficult but having a plan can help us all to succeed. Best of luck!