In a blink of an eye, we've entered unprecedented times. Many of us are forced to stay at home.
Although plenty of people fantasize about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time. But working remotely is a double-edge sword — sure, you get to stay home, but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Whether it’s baking a nice tiramisu, doing the laundry, cleaning your garden, having a BBQ, all these little distractions can suddenly look more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list or your own business tasks to accomplish. Without a doubt, staying productive at home can take a little extra effort. On top of that, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those used to socializing at work.
I've received many of you asking me, what can I do at home during this time?
What I am going to say might surprise you. While it's tempting to jot down a long list and invest pent-up energy into cleaning, decluttering, and transforming rooms, I strongly recommend that you take it slow.
Trust me, all of us are going to get stuff done at home.
It is important however to remember that we are also in a time of heightened stress, so be mindful of what projects you take on.
Whether your time at home is three weeks—or three months—keep my top strategies in mind to calmly guide you through:
#1 IDENTIFY ONE ANCHOR PROJECT
If you have a project you've been wanting to do but have been putting it off for ages with the reason that you've been telling yourself you simply "have no time", well, now you've got plenty to spare.
Maybe you've been wanting to put together a travel book to remember all the places you've traveled to before?
Or maybe make a list of places you'd like to travel to after this whole pandemic is over and starting planning for it?
Maybe make a bucket list of things you'd like to achieve in your life in the next 5 or 10 years?
Create a family tree book to know about your family background so that you can show it to your grandchildren someday?
Build a treehouse for your kids?
Give your house a fresh coat of paint?
Repair all the little faulty parts in your house, such as a faulty light bulb, broken switch, a crack in the wall, mold in the ceiling, broken toys, anything.
Or maybe, there has been someone you've been wanting to make amends with, but never had the time or courage to do it, then now is the time.
There are so many things that could be a choice as an anchor project to help keep you busy and productive during this time at home. So choose one, or maybe two or more (one at a time), and make the best of your time.
This helps by not only giving you a purpose every day, a goal to accomplish, but also to help distract yourself from the chaos that's happening right now in the world.
#2 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
One of the big blessings we have in this day and age is the internet.
Though we're confined to staying at home, we can still work on our personal development in so many ways. Whether it's surfing YouTube to learn a new skill (how to paint, crochet, use Adobe Illustrator), or how to do yoga, simple exercises at home, or learn a new language through Udemy or Coursera, or even enroll in self-help courses to better understand yourself, you can find it all over the internet.
By focusing on your personal development, you would be able to learn a new skill or language by the time this whole pandemic is over - and be real good at it!
#3 BOOST YOUR MOOD THROUGH SPRING CLEANING
Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain's release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping us feel calmer and more focused.
Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip, which then impacts your mood, making you feel more down, demotivated, and even depressed.
On top of that, humans need vitamin D to thrive, and there's no better source of fresh vitamin D than the purity of sunlight. It brightens our homes, boosts our mood, and puts a kick in our step.
Take this time at home to wipe the windows and wash the curtains. Welcome in fresh air and sunlight into your home.
Doing some spring cleaning at home is both a good way to refresh our homes and help keep our happy hormones up, exactly what we need especially in these dark and uncertain times.
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
Once you've checked out the video, do let me know which of the 3 tips will you be implementing today? What other strategies are you applying to keep yourself feeling productive and mentally sane at home?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Share as much detail as you can. Many lovely souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.
I really hope the strategies shared here helps you to boost both your mood and productivity at home.
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts.
Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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