During yet another lockdown, it’s important to stay positive and motivated in both our work and personal lives. The Affecto team have clubbed together to think how we are staying motivated and positive during this lockdown to give you some ideas.
By this, we don’t mean run a marathon, as silly as it sounds running up and down your garden or your stairs a few times will get your body and mind moving and thinking in a different way and will boost your productivity.
You don’t want exercise to become a chore, make it something you look forward to everyday. Our Ops Manager Craig has said he really enjoys being productive in his lunch hour, completing a 30-minute walk, run or HIIT workout, so he can stay focused and be much more alert in the afternoons.
Routine is Key!
Having a routine for each day will keep you motivated and ensure you get everything done and will mean you don't waste time or lose days but have a clear structure for you to work from and stay on top of.
Our Business Development Manager Karl has been sticking religiously to getting four things done a day to ensure he keeps on top of his mental wellbeing: they are to shower, go for a walk, home workout and to read. Each day try writing a list of everything you want to complete in both your work and personal life. This allows you to have clearly set out targets, ensuring you won’t forget anything important. Try not to make your daily targets too far reaching but make them reasonably attainable.
It’s important to schedule in breaks throughout the day where you completely switch off from work. Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean you have to work from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to bed. You would not do that in the office, so don’t do it at home! Ensure you both mentally and physically switch off during breaks, lunch and at the end of the day. Having a start and finish time you stick to will help this.
Try, if possible, to have your workspace and relaxing space separately otherwise you may not switch off properly as your brain will be occupied by work thoughts.
Stay in Contact!
During the first lockdown, I think it’s safe to say that the thing we missed the most were people. So, it’s equally as important this lockdown that we stay in touch with family, friends and work colleagues.
In terms of your work life, don’t just email colleagues, but call and zoom so you feel you have more personal contact with people and so you don’t feel alone. Express your worries and concerns with people, as a problem shared is a problem halved.
Get family zoom calls in the diary, maybe even bring back the lockdown quiz. This means you completely occupy your mind and focus on other things for a while.
Turn up the Music!
In the Affecto office we love to crank up the music to help us stay motivated and lighten the mood. We suggest you do the same at home, listening to music can move your mind away from negative thoughts and allows you to see a more positive picture.
Learn Something New!
Challenging yourself and leaning something new is a great way of turning your attention to something different and enjoyable. For example, Natalie our Delivery Consultant has learnt how to make cocktails to jazz up drinking at home. No matter what activity you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy, and will be motivated to complete. Working on a new project can earn you a sense of fulfilment and can spark your creativity in a non-work-based setting.
If starting a whole new activity is daunting to you, maybe continue with something you already love to do. What about taking it to the next level or trying it in a different way? Our Office Coordinator Maddy continued her love for baking during lockdown, albeit with one rather questionable batch of blondies which were missing sugar.
During this lockdown, work hard, try something new, go for runs, stick to a routine. Whatever you decide to do, do it because you enjoy it, because this will boost your motivation and ensure you have a positive attitude to everyday.