We have all had to start working from home right now and while it may be what is needed right now, it also makes life a little bit more stressful. It is important therefore that you take all the right measures needed to ensure that you maintain your productivity while working from home and not also get too stressed out in the process. Here are some tips that will help you accomplish this feat.
Ask for Help
Being home all day doesn’t mean you can or should manage the home life without help. The tendency to take on too many tasks without help becomes a source of stress. If you need help balancing home and work, ask for it from your spouse, partner, relatives, friends and/or children.
For many moms, the things we feel we must do leaves little time for the things we want to do. So life becomes all work and no play which is very stressful. Shuttling kids to activities and sports can take over your life, so choose kids’ activities carefully. And then there are the things that may fall into either the must-do or the want-to-do category like volunteering or attending school events. These can bring on stress as much as the things that we definitely don’t want to do like cleaning. Either way, managing stress for a work at home mom means, not only learn to delegate, but also learning to say no and keeping the family schedule under control.
Work when you work best
Many people find that working in the morning when they feel rested can provide a more productive experience than beginning work halfway through the day after doing other non-work-related activities. This isn’t true in all cases, so feel free to experiment if this advice doesn’t seem to ring true for you.
Prioritize the challenging tasks first
Rather than letting unpleasant or difficult tasks hang over your head and create stress when you think about them, pushing yourself to get the most difficult jobs done first thing, can help you to clear your plate of those less exciting tasks, and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and increased energy and satisfaction throughout the day.
Make use of technology
There are apps that can help you to track your social media usage (to help yourself use it less), remind yourself to work when you become distracted for too long, create to-do lists, and more. Learn what’s available and use these tools to your advantage.
Protect Your Sleep, and Don’t Use Mobile Devices Late at Night
You may already know that this is a no-no but do it anyway, or you may not be aware yet, but using screens late at night can alter your sleep patterns and make it difficult to get to sleep. It can also make you more wakeful during the night. Because healthy sleep is vital for your productivity, do what you need to do to protect your sleep. This includes setting a bedtime for yourself and sticking to it. This can be quite challenging, but well worth the effort.
In addition to all this, because you now also have the time, why not invest it in learning about stress management so that you can reap the rewards of working effectively without all the stress? Here are some of our accredited programmes that can help you.
Certificate in Stress Management
Everyone experiences stress, especially in today’s fast paced and challenging work environment. Our Certificate in Stress Management has been designed to supply you with confidence and knowledge to beat stress and remain calm. You’ll find that once you understand stress it’s much easier to cope with, so get learning and enjoy the benefits.
Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These online courses are open to everyone, all you need is an interest in learning! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date. Some of the skills that you will gain from this programme are;
- Understand the meaning of stress and why we experience it
- Learn how to effectively reduce your stress
- Improve your time management skills so as to reduce stress
- Study various relaxation techniques and learn to implement them
- Develop effective stress management skills
- Learn how to build mental fitness and keep calm
Diploma in Stress Management Skills Development
The Diploma in Stress Management will give you an in-depth understanding of what stress is and how you can identify it. In addition it will also let you know how you can cope with the stress that you are experiencing and the effective methods of reducing your stress levels.