Coronavirus is affecting our families, our communities and our way of life in unimaginable ways. And one new normal for many of us is working remotely. Let’s face it, it certainly is nice to have the option to work from home but it’s going to take good strategies and habits to adjust.
We reached out to some of our veteran work-from-homers to get a few tips on ways to make your adjustment a bit easier.
Tom – Associate Creative Director
Dedicated space. If you can, set up in a dedicated space you can walk into, work, and walk out of at the end of the day.
Still take an actual lunch. Sit down and eat lunch, preferably not at your desk.
Say yes to music. Background music is important. You can play whatever you want — no need for headphones, no cubicle neighbors to worry about.
Take breaks. Set a timer to remind yourself to take breaks – go get water, start a load of laundry, plan dinner, or do 10 jumping jacks in your office area.
Move around. Make a step challenge for yourself to make sure you are not being sedentary all day. (It’s so easy to get caught up in work and forget to move.)
Stretch. Stand up during conference or business calls, if possible.
Enjoy natural light. Look out the window and enjoy having a nice view.
Harrison – Strategic Relationship Manager
Fresh air. Open your windows for fresh air, if you can, or every once in a while step outside to get some fresh air. Fresh air is invigorating.
Kick off your day right. Start your day with a routine, try going for a walk or something to kick your day off on the right foot.
Socialize. Hug your partner, kids or your pets if you find them around your house.
Kathy – Consultant
Setup a comfortable setting. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you’ll be to stay seated and focused throughout the day.
Set ground rules. Talk with those you live with about the importance of keeping distractions and interruptions to a minimum. Even though you may be in the next room, you are still very much “at work” and have a lot to accomplish.
Set work hours. Know when to say when. If you really embrace your work (and tend to be a bit of a workaholic) it can be hard to simply stop working, and transition to personal time. Try setting up an evening routine, so you can officially shut down at the end of your work day. Consider setting up a dedicated time to take your dog out, having a post day workout schedule, or put dinner in the oven and wrap up when you hear the timer.
Dave – VP of Financial Services Strategy
Add a bit of fun. Try introducing a little fun to break up the day. Consider a fun game of conference call bingo (download here).
Stay connected. Schedule social time with coworkers to talk about things other than work or start up a friendly meme competition with friends of fun things to do while on lock-down.
Figure out your working style. Take some time to assess what really works for you. Do you prefer working in silence vs with background noise, or do you prefer periodic small breaks vs a longer break in the middle of the day? Find out what works best and stick to that in order to be your most productive self.
Craig – Medicare Marketing Strategist
Stay organized. At the end of your day, make a to-do list for the next day, so you can easily pick up where you left off.
Chair alternative. Consider sitting on a yoga ball instead of a desk chair which can improve your posture and it’s a good workout for your core.
Whole new cadence. Over time, you’ll find a cadence unique to you… like a movie. There’s a beginning, middle and end with things in between that pull your day together.
Eliminate distractions. Get some noise cancelling headphones to help you stay focused.