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lifestyle || working from home top tips and criminology

WORK FROM HOME strategies coming your way!

When I came home to begin our daily routine of social distancing, online courses and facetiming friends instead of seeing them, I set the first two days aside as Transition Time.

I sat down with my bullet journal and planned out what I needed to stay happy and healthy. Then, I skimmed some articles about working from home and ways to create an environment conducive to productivity and satisfaction.

Finally, it all got written down in a quick little spread. Today, I’m sharing all those tips with you!

doable, practical strategies for working from home

  • create a dedicated workspace
  • be responsive online when working on team projects
  • video call whenever possible
  • schedule your day for two key things: your main to-dos, and your fun activities
  • take breaks for lunch
  • drink water often
  • be generous when chunking time for things but be STRICT about switching tasks
  • keep your space clean
  • you can still “commute” by going for a walk in the morning
  • get dressed and ready for the day
  • listen to music and podcasts to keep you energized and connected
  • stick to your social and active routine by simply calling friends and working out at home
  • get outside, open windows, let the sunlight in. Nature is still thriving despite all the chaos. The world goes on.
  • get on a schedule with your sleep and wake up EARLY to seize the morning
  • going on your phone makes you drowsy. Limit your screen time.

a study about the impact of your environment

I’m currently reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell*, and one of the principles he brings up is about the impact of little characteristics of our environment and the behaviors they bring out in us.

Broken Windows theory, penned by criminologists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling, was a groundbreaking idea that what tips someone over the edge from being inclined to violence to actually committing a crime is not a distinctively more “Evil” aspect of their personality or genetic makeup, but small parts of their immediate environment at the time of their outburst.

It suggests that

“if a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. Soon, more windows will be broken, and the sense of anarchy will spread from the building to the street on which it faces, sending a signal that anything goes.” (Gladwell, page 141)

I think aspects of your immediate environment – or, the little actions you do each day to straighten your books or make your bed – are what make the difference between someone with seemingly loads of motivation and someone who can barely get out of bed to make breakfast.

It’s all those little, tiny things we do that don’t seem to make a difference, that make all the difference, because they’re what get our body into the rhythm of getting things done, keeping our space – and mind – organized, and staying motivated through difficult tasks.

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