Currently, down here in the great state of Texas, things are pretty divided about this whole coronavirus thing. Amazingly, many schools are doing their absolute best to stay open despite the rapidly increasing numbers of those infected and those dying.
At the university I go to, they are giving us the choice between using the internet for school, or going into an actual, physical class. So, naturally, I’ll be completing my last college semester in what is essentially isolation.
So, since a lot of us are in the same boat, I figured I’d give some of my best tips for working at home for you guys! These some of the things I know help me, and I hope they help you as well.
- Create a routine as similar to the one you had when going to work. This will help create better focus.
- Start your remote day the same time you usually get to the office or school!
- Use your calendar to block out time for regimented tasks and activities. Ones you may have taken for granted in the past.
- Though most gyms are closed, it’s still important to make that a part of your schedule. Substitute a bike ride, walk or run during that same time.
- How does your remote/home workspace work for you?
- For me, the most important thing is that I feel good in the space I sit down to work in.
- Be intentional about decorations! Make it your own and you’ll feel happy to work there.
- I like to surround myself with things I love. Pictures of my family, prints of Lynn Hill tackling el Cap, whatever it is that inspires you.
- It’s easy for me to just make my workspace functional and end there. Don’t be like me! Decorations are so important for long term satisfaction with that work spot.
- Unfortunately, whenever I’m knee deep into a project the first thing I forget about is eating a good meal. For me, that can lead to getting sick, making it harder for me to eat later when I actually get around to it. It aids my anxiety, and at its worst it can drive a powerfully negative workplace experience.
Ultimately, this is a hard time for everyone. If we are going to get through it, we can’t try and treat it like a vacation. We really need to try our best to take those extra steps to ensure our longevity mentally and physically.
I hope some of these tips and my experience is able to help you! I would love to hear what you decorate your favorite spaces with in the comments!