The coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives over the last few weeks. In response, laws schools and law firms alike have moved to a remote environment, requiring law students and attorneys to work and study from home. The transition to telework is easier for some than for others. Accordingly, as we adjust to this work-from-home lifestyle, it is easy to lose focus and blame our lack of progress on the circumstances around us.
Below are some tips and suggestion you can start applying into your “qua-routine”:
One of the best things you can do to maximize productivity is established boundaries. An easy way to do this is to develop a schedule and stick with it. You may find it beneficial to keep the same plan and mimic your typical day. For example, by waking up, eating lunch, and working out at the same time you did during your pre-quarantine schedule, you can minimize readjustments and maintain a certain sense of normalcy throughout your quarantined period.
In addition to setting s schedule, you should set boundaries with your family, friends, and loved ones. The remote environment has its benefits, but it also has its fair share of challenges, including friends and family seeking more time and attention. Teleworking can cause those close to you to believe you have more time on your hands than you actually do, especially if you quarantining with others. Without setting proper boundaries with your loved ones, a false sense of accessibility can develop and interfere with your productivity. It is prudent to carve out specific time to spend time with your friends and family and foster those relationships but remain committed to your work and study priorities.
Maintain Your Health
It is important to remember that this virus is a threat to your immune system. With that said, maintaining your health while in isolation is just as crucial as self-quarantining and social distancing. Take some time to take care of your body and overall health. Mind your diet, take multivitamins, and stray hydrated.
It is also essential to take some time to exercise. This does not have to be a strenuous workout or involve heavy weight lifting. Instead, it can be something simple like walking your dog, taking a brief stroll through the park, or embarking on a fun hike. Get some fresh air and get out of the house periodically.
It may not make sense, but it is important to get dressed like you usually would for work or school. Working from home grants you the convenience of jumping out of bed and immediately starting to study or work. However, if you are struggling to get into a rhythm as you self-isolate, this might be a subtle yet powerful trick to get you out of your funk. When you choose your everyday clothing over your PJs or sweats that you wore to bed, you send subliminal messages to your mind and prepare your body for “work mode.” This can help you start your day off on the right foot and ultimately result in a positive impact on your daily productivity.
Take Advantage of Extra Time
While you are studying or working from home, you have a surplus of time available to you. For example, the time you usually would spend on your commute work/school can now be channeled towards other goals or priorities. You can use that extra time to catch up on readings, exercise, or a new hobby.
You can even use your extra time to check in on friends and family. If you have an elderly family member or loved-ones you have not checked in on in a while, consider taking time to reach out. This is also a great time to start polishing your brand by checking in on your law school peers, as I discussed in my previous blog post.
In the end, we will get through this, but as we get there, we can be taking steps to ensure that we maintain and continue to cultivate the best version of ourselves. Although self-quarantining can be daunting, it does not have to harm your productivity.
Although each day throughout this pandemic brings about a new wave of uncertainty, we can still improve and make progress on our goals by identifying what we can control and focusing our efforts to achieve those goals.