The past few months have been topsy-turvy to say the least, with new lifestyle changes, technology and safety precautions taking the transportation industry by storm.
Many professionals that are used to working in an office have been working from home due to Covid-19. For logistics jobs, it’s no different.
The thought of working remotely probably evokes ideas of cozying up in bed with your laptop to work in your pajamas. But in reality, remote work can be challenging to both mental health and productivity.
Here’s how you can be proactive to get the most out of your work day while taking care of yourself.
One of the alluring aspects of working from home is being able to make your own schedule. The key is to be realistic about it!
Without a set schedule you run the risk of either becoming a workaholic or a procrastinator.
Workaholics are highly productive, but lack a healthy work/life balance. They are checking work emails from the moment they wake up to the moment they hop into bed for the night.
Over time, stress levels rise and a general feeling of unhappiness sets in from not being able to enjoy hobbies or down time.
Procrastinators, on the other hand, have trouble accomplishing what they need to. Without a schedule to follow, breaks become long and it’s easy to become distracted without a boss looking over your shoulder.
To ensure you have a healthy balance, start each week by making a To Do list with your work goals. Set aside the amount of hours you would like to work each day, including time just for emails and video meetings.
Don’t forget to include a day or two off from work to recharge and refresh.
Taking time each day for self care isn’t an indulgence- it’s necessary for mental and physical health. It’s also going to help you to work at your highest potential.
Set aside time for meals and breaks.
Working from home can be isolating, so regulating stress needs to be a priority. Start your day off with 15 minutes of meditation by listening to a guided video on YouTube. Yoga is also beneficial to calm down and clear the mind.
Set aside time to move your body- even a quick 20 minute aerobics video helps. Sitting at a desk and staring at a screen can cause aches and pains over time, but even just a little bit of activity helps.
Check in with your coworkers who are also working from home. Socialization- even via video- is an essential morale booster that will help your team feel like everyone is in this together.
Share your work goals, tips and ideas through collaboration or just share a few positive words. During these uncertain times, being kind goes a long way!