• Mike Colosimo, The Social

Back to School, Back to Reality

The kids are finally back in school, and you’re back to reality. For many parents, back to school means back to a routine, especially if they have made adjustments to their work schedules to be with their kids over the summer.

Making the transition back to a normal work schedule can be stressful, especially if you’re working from home. Here are a few tips for how to make the transition go more smoothly.

Clock In and Clock Out

Create routines for the start and end of your work day. If you’re commuting, listen to music or a podcast on your way in or run through your favorite drive-thru for coffee. On your return home, throw some tunes on the radio, call a family member or friend to catch up, or drive in silence. Whatever you decide to do, make it your daily routine so your brain knows when it’s time to go into work mode and when it’s time to transition back into family mode.

If you’re working from home, establishing your clock in and clock out routines is especially important. Your morning routine could include music, a podcast, and coffee in the kitchen before making your way to your work area. In the afternoon, grab a seltzer or a beer, listen to your favorite band, pick up a book, or go for a quick walk to mark the end of the work day.

Keep Work Calls and Emails to Work Hours

When work calls and emails bleed into your evening hours, no one’s happy. Set boundaries with your coworkers and clients to create the expectation that you are available between 9 and 5 or whenever you choose to start and end your work day. Then, stick to this schedule. This will help you be more engaged with your loved ones and help you work a little smarter, too.

Dress for Success

If you’re headed into the office, you’ve probably already reacquainted yourself with tailored pants and dress shirts. But if you’re working from home, you may not feel motivated to move on from sweatshirts and yoga pants.

If you’re struggling to get back into the work groove, consider wearing dressier clothes to your home office. For many of us, what we wear has an effect on our attitude and productivity. If you’re struggling to stay productive at home, consider throwing on your dress pants (or at least a pair of jeans) and see if that helps you focus.

Get Out of the House

Getting out of your home office for at least one day a week can really help you stay motivated and productive while working from home. We all need a change of scenery every once in a while.

If you’re looking for a break from the home office (or your actual office), The Social’s the perfect place for you. Our members are professionals who appreciate our blazing-fast internet and variety of work spaces as well as our beverage bar and cigar lounge where they can host clients after hours or enjoy some down time before going home.

To get a tour of our space and become a member, get in touch with us today.

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