You are on the couch. Your laptop is open. You are staring. You are clicking through your open tabs. Calendar. To-Do List. Trello. Facebook. Gmail. Zoom. Word. Mom? Where’s the dog toothbrush?
Wait--how did I get to the fridge? Something cold and sweet actually sounds good. Wait—I have an appointment soon. Where is my phone?
If you have a living memory of how you used to rock your multi-tasking, working-from-anywhere world, it may still feel shocking to you, how hard it is to be productive at home right now.
It’s a lot.
And yes, you all know that I have a whole bunch of free body-based emotional processing tools.
But today, I’ve got something a little different to share with you.
One small tweak to help your pandemic productivity problems.
I’ve used it for years.
And I’ve re-vamped it for the ever emerging whack-a-normal!
Back in 2008, my office was in a kitchen that I shared with my colleagues. Now, I’m an out-of-control extravert, so I was actually pretty happy.
But not productive.
I had heard about standing desks, and so, DYI that I am, I brought in a cardboard box, stuck my monitor on top, and got much joy from the sudden increase in my energy! My boss, being an angel, soon made sure that I had a more sturdy wooden tabletop standing desk, and now I have a decked-out, fully-automated standing desk that raises and lowers from standing to sitting.
I love that desk.
It's in my office at the university.
Where I am not working very often.
You know—because of possible contagion.
At home, where I am protected from contagion but have no cool desk, I found myself getting sleepy instead of energized.
And grouchy with my daughter.
And distracted by the cat and dog and dishes.
So here is my one little tweak to help your productivity problems at home:
Create standing workspaces throughout your home.
This does not necessarily mean a full-out standing desk (though if you have the money and space—fantastic!)
Lynnea Annette is an executive life coach who supports professional women who feel the stress of working hard and being under-appreciated.