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Tips for Working from Home during Self Isolation!

March 23, 2020

Get Ready Every Morning: Working in your pyjamas is a fun novelty and I recommend you do it for about a week, just to say you did! But after that its super important for your productivity and self-esteem to get up and dressed in the same way you would if you were leaving for work. Showering in the morning wakes you up and puts a little more pep into your mindset. Wearing the same sweatpants for a week will eventually make you feel sloppy and that will transfer through into your mindset and your work.

Create a Practical Space to Work: You can pick up A4 work boards and marker pens to set up a new workstation in order to help you feel more productive. Creating that new station can make you feel ready and productive for this new challenge.

Have a Morning Routine: Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the desk chair is another. What in your morning routine says its time to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed. Create a morning routine that ends with you starting work.

Give Yourself Breaks: Know your company’s policy on break times and take them. If you’re self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seem to be the norm to create a good balance. Don’t short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunchtime. You can use certain apps, to lock yourself out of your computer for 60 minutes. Or you can just launch a simple clock or timer on the screen when you take a break. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, walk away for another 20.

Socialise: Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life. Companies with a remote work culture usually offer ways to socialise. For example, they might have chat channels where remote employees can talk about common interests, meetups for people in the same region, and in-person retreats. It’s important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included. Even if you’re highly introverted and don’t like socialising, give a few interactive experiences a try so that you’re familiar with them if you ever decide you want them. If you’re not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.

Maintain Your Presence in “Meetings”: You’ll take part in video conferences and conference calls, but it may be a good idea to attend optional meetings sometimes, too. Be sure to speak up during the meeting so everyone knows you’re on the call. A simple, “Thanks, everyone. Bye!” at the close of a meeting will go a long way toward making your presence known.

Be Positive: I like succinct and clear messages, but I know that the less face time I have with people, the less they know how to interpret my tone. When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you’re being overly positive. So embrace the exclamation point! Find your favourite emoji :D. You’re going to need them.

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