There has been a lot of news and statistics, I hate to think that it may get worse before it gets better but I’m remaining hopeful. Tests are being distributed in all our affected counties but it will still be about a week before we have a real idea of the depth of the infection. With that being said, many of you have already self quarantined and/or are social distancing yourselves. While these are scary times, we can’t subscribe to all the worry, anxiety and fear that is all around us on tv, radio and even social media platforms. You have total control of your reactions, so shut off the tv, tune in to something good, motivational, etc. and for goodness sakes, get off of SM!
Below are a few tips that might help especially if you are social distancing.
Work From Home Tips to Promote Productivity
Whether you’ve been remote working your entire career or you’ve recently joined the “work from home” movement, you probably already realize it’s vital to have an office space where you feel comfortable and productive. Working from home is a challenge for many but you can accomplish your goals by covering a few crucial elements. Here are my top suggestions for productivity:
1. Find a place you can isolate (no tv, access to family, etc) – You may only get a couple of hours a day, you will find you are incredibly productive in the isolated time you have.
Keep up a routine. Think about adopting a morning “commute,” which can be as simple as walking around the block with a cup of coffee!
2. Continue to dress and groom professionally. What you do first thing in the morning plays a significant role in determining your mindset for the day. Although it’s tempting, don’t make a habit of working in your pajamas! You’ll find that you’re more productive when you follow your normal routine of brushing your teeth and dressing for work. Dress as if a client were to knock on your door you could answer it (if you have to apologize for how you are dressed, you probably shouldn’t be wearing it).
3. Take regular breaks. Try setting the alarm to get up and stretch every hour or so. Keep your work area separate from your personal space. Eat lunch someplace other than your desk. Breaking up the day by moving your body keeps you fresh and can increase your productivity when you return to your workspace.
4. Protect your time and workspace. Set “office hours” and be sure to communicate the ground rules about those hours to family members. Anything that can interrupt you, probably will!
5. Leverage Technology. If you don’t already, now would be an excellent time to consider Zoom for video conferencing, Google Docs, etc.
6. Don’t do things during your work time you don’t do at work (dishes, laundry, etc).
Remember that “This too will pass” and we will be stronger and better than ever!
And “Success is your ONLY option”