It’s safe to say that this year has pushed us all out of our comfort zones, to say the least.
Unless your lifestyle normally involves keeping 6 feet apart from others and remaining in your household (no judgement!), you’ve probably had to adapt to the ‘new normal’ of the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Although it’s been over a year since we’ve been in this pandemic, it’s hard to change the work/study habits we’ve spent the majority of our lives creating. If you normally work in an office or are used to studying in groups, you might be struggling through online lectures or getting work done from home – and you’re not alone!
Here’s a few tips that have helped me stay focused while being cooped up indoors:
Tip #1: Plan!
I cannot tell you how many birthdays or occasions I used to miss because I didn’t have them written in my planner. Or how many orders I used to mess up when I was a server because I thought I didn’t need a pen or paper. But trying to remember the details when we’ve been plagued with a global pandemic? Not any easier!
If you have a hyperactive brain like me, or you’re just a super busy person, you’re bound to forget something important every now and then if you don’t document it. These days, you can sync online calendar’s across multiple devices or even set up reminders. There’s also the traditional option of a good old pocketbook. Even discussing your plans aloud with someone who can hold you accountable is better than never planning at all.
I like to update this dry erase board on my wall as a part of my morning routine – but it’s worth I to find what works for you:
Tip #2: Diffuse!
If you keep up with us on our Instagram page (@campuscommoninfo) you’ll have noticed out last #WellnessWednesday giveaway of essential oils and natural products. Using essential oils has been a game changer for me when I was completing my final semester at home, and as I work from home even now.
There have been multiple studies over the years which suggest a relationship between aromatherapy and improved memory, focus and mood. Rosemary in particular has shown great improvement of memory and focus in people with ADHD. Lavender is a great one for relaxation and sleep. While it’s not a miracle treatment and won’t solve all of your problems, at the very least, your room will smell better for it.
You can find more information purchase some oils at one of my favourite shops here.
Tip #3: Get outside!
It sounds obvious – but it really does make all the difference in this pandemic. It’s easy to fall into the trap of watching your online lectures from bed or watching the world through the screen of your phone. The trouble is that without a change of scenery, your day-to-day tasks can feel dull and repetitive, and ultimately lead to a loss of motivation.
When you have a trillion things to get done, it may seem counterproductive to take a break outside, but a 10-minute walk around the block won’t make you miss a deadline. In fact, you might even come across something that sparks your creativity or gives you some perspective. If nothing else, you’re giving yourself a few moments of mindfulness that could set the tone for the rest of your day.