Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, studying or working from home has become the ‘new normal’ in our lives. When you are working or studying from home it can be just as much of a struggle to relax as it can be to work.
To help with that, we have come up with some tips that might help you to stay focused and productive while maintaining your work-life balance.
Your physical space matters
Now that many things are done from home, finding a designated space for you to study or work is important. Given that there are more distractions around us at home, having a clean and tidy space will help you to stay focused. Simply start with organising your desk and clearing off anything unrelated to your study or work. Fewer items on your desk means fewer distractions. Practise this every day and stick with it. This will help you to set boundaries between work and personal life.
Structure your day
You might easily get distracted while studying or working from home, so having a structure to your day can help you to stay organised and focused. Try practising some morning intention–setting in a journal and visualise what you want to achieve by the end of the day. Look at it as a tool to help you get more things done so you will have more time to do different things later. Remember to also book some time in for regular breaks. This way, you will feel less guilty about taking breaks because you have set aside time for them.
Time for self-improvement
During this time, we have been given an opportunity to do many tasks from home. So, why not use this time to focus and work on yourself? Whether you want to learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby, focus on where you want growth in your life and find a time in the day or week to work on it.
Be kind to yourself
Having a list of quarantine goals is great to keep you sane during times of uncertainty but do not feel pressure to achieve everything. Give yourself time to reflect and adjust to the current situation. Taking a break is just as important as the time you put in for study and work.
As we spend more time staying at home, it can sometimes make you feel isolated and lonely. Putting aside some time to catch up with friends and family can make you feel less isolated. Think of creative ways to stay connected. Have a virtual dinner with your friends, for example, or take part in fun activities together such as painting or cooking. Joining an online community or Zoom workshop is another great way to connect with others from a distance.
If you need support around motivation, goal setting or establishing study habits, book an appointment with one of our Student Coaches. For more blogs on study tips, head to our blog.