Four Ways to Beat Your WFH Procrastination in the Morning
Many of us have been working from home for more than a year now. We have not visited the office, seen our peers in person, had physical contact with our direct reports or experienced the mundane tasks associated with being in the office. As many have returned to the office over time, some of us are still struggling to adapt to the work from home life, sometimes you just can’t help but slack off a little. Eventually, you will become a typical procrastinator before you even realize it.
We had taken many of them for granted, like water-cooler conversations and cramped conference rooms. We are now leveraging technology as a substitute for working in the office, operating almost exclusively through email, videoconference meetings and our phones. It's beginning to burn people out. We become lazy, tired and inefficient at work.
When COVID-19 hit a year ago, we couldn't ignore our snooze button and had to get to work or to the office before the 8am traffic hit, there’s now a more compelling tendency than ever to stay in bed a little longer, shuffle slowly through a semblance of a morning routine, and put off our work until later. That same lack of a structured schedule that has you working through dinner can also make those slow mornings unproductive.
Yet, mornings are still prime time to get our best work done. Some say that the morning is peak time for creativity. At the very least, getting up before your Zoom meetings will provide some extra time to get ahead of the day, which can help you have a better day in general. Since many of us will still be stuck with work from home for a long time in the future, we could all use some effective tips to supercharge your mornings and fight your procrastination off.
1.Be Prepared the Night Before You Start Your Battle
It's just like that funny phrase - the worst lie we tell ourselves as adults is that we'll put gas in the car in the morning (as a way of avoiding it tonight). So here are some tips for you to start work early:
- Have a good night's sleep.
- Schedule the coffee maker, choose your outfit.
- Have your list of 2-3 to-do's to get done before your first call or meeting.
2.Get Up and Moving in that Very Second
Glenn Lundy is the founder of the #RiseAndGrind morning show, and teaches companies across the nation about morning routines for success.
His morning routine includes these five easy steps to stop procrastination:
- Never hitting the snooze button.
- Not looking at your phone first thing, writing down your gratitude and your goals
- Sending a message of encouragement to someone else.
- Try to get moving in some way, whether you're crawling, walking, or running, get the blood pumping.
3.Get Yourself Rolling on Time
Arrive at your desk on time to avoid procrastination. To perform your best, consider "on time" to be five minutes early–that gives you time to collect your thoughts and set yourself up for the day ahead.
4.Eliminate All the Distractions with No Mercy
Devise a system that will make you less vulnerable to interruptions. When you sit down for the day, turn off notifications, put your phone in a bag or a drawer, and focus—at least for long stretches of time. If it helps, set a timer to help you keep break time, mindless task time, and productive project time separate. And do yourself a favor: don't check your email all the time. Set yourself designated times instead.
We're all adjusting to work-from-home. Take steps to integrate speed back into the tendency to stay slow. That way, when the weekend comes around, you can truly enjoy slow mornings at home while saying no to your procrastination.
Many of us are starting to get a hang of working-from-home now, yet there are still so many more possibilities in this lifestyle for us to explore. Conquer lazy human nature and procrastination and be the emperor of your own home office, not the other way around.
Written by Aiterminal