April 28, 2020
How I Found Success in WFH
Although the past six weeks haven’t been easy (Cheez-Its and ice cream help), I have tried to keep my work day as normal as possible. At times, I’m not the best at motivating myself and I prefer to work in a structured environment, so during this period of staying at home I’ve really had to make an extra effort. From creating an enjoyable environment to team bonding activities, I’ve been incorporating ACPR’s culture into my little home office—and it’s the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Even if you don’t have a dedicated work space, these tips can help make working from home more structured and fun.
1. Set a pre-work routine: One of the perks of WFH is having a little extra time in the mornings and evenings that you would normally spend commuting. To make the most of it, create a pre-work routine to start your day off on the right note. For me, this looks like taking my dog Greta out for a short walk, doing my AM skincare routine, brewing the perfect cuppa, and busting out a short yoga flow if I have time.
2. Connect with your team: At ACPR, we have been connecting over Zoom a few times a week to do everything from free online workouts and facial massage with FaceGym to #FaceMaskFridays with clients and at home manicures. If your team isn’t organizing something more formal like this, take the initiative to slack your coworkers to catch up or set up a virtual HH after work is over.
3. Move your body: As someone who attends workout classes regularly, moving my body has been important to keep doing while I’m staying at home. A couple of my personal favorites include Sky Ting and Melissa Wood Health, but @sweatsandthecity posts a live workout schedule every day. This doesn’t have to be an hour long, sweat your butt off sort of workout—the intention is to just move your body to improve your mood and keep your body healthy.
4. Gather up your favorite WFH essentials: Grab your favorite candle, facial mist, snacks, planner, you name it, and put them in your home office or WFH area. Not only will this make you want to actually sit at your desk, but it will just make work a little more fun and homey feeling. And who doesn’t want that?
5. Become your own DJ: Music is a great way to motivate and put yourself in a good mood. Now is the perfect time to play your favorite artists nonstop or discover something new with no judgement from your coworkers. In the mornings, I like to pick a song I want to listen to on Spotify and then play the radio station based on that song. I also love to switch up the music genre after lunch to help break up my day and keep the motivation going.
Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Junior Publicist and quarantine baker. On the weekends, you can find her baking up everything from carrot cake to strawberry lime galette to brownie pie for her and her roommates to enjoy from the safety of their home.