CoronaVirus stay-at-home mandates and social distancing are keeping a lot of people from jumping in the car and commuting to the workplace. Welcome to my world. As an early adopter of working from home, I thought now would be a good time to share a few tips, along with do’s and don’ts for you newbies.
Get organized. Technology is your new best friend. Use it to organize your day, prioritize tasks, manage time, and increase collaboration with colleagues.
Get dressed. You will be tempted to remain in your PJs or underwear, not comb your hair or forget to brush your teeth. Ick. Put a mirror on your desk and keep yourself looking good enough to take a video call from the boss.
Get a door. Use it. A door will help minimize distractions and keep you focused on the job. Be sure to keep your family members on the other side of the door. If they knock, tell them to go away – preferably without opening the door.
Get up. Working from home may keep you hunkered over the PC for longer hours than usual. Stand periodically and clasp your hands behind your back, palms together, arms extended, and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Or better yet, crank up your favorite tune and bust a move (also preferably without opening the door).
Get out. It’s okay to open the door once in a while throughout the day. Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go outside for fresh air or spend time with your family or walk the dog. See starter tip number one about getting organized.
Smile. Did you know people can hear you smile on the phone? Smile in the mirror a few times a day. It will help you stay cheerful and beat the isolation of working alone. You’ll also look better if you’re wearing a smile when it’s time for that video call.
Visit the virtual water cooler. Take a few minutes each day to chat casually with co-workers to keep connected. Give someone else a reason to smile.
Drink all day. No, I don’t mean alcohol. Or coffee. Or soda. Fill your favorite Hydro Flask with water and drink up. It will help you stay alert without the caffeine or sugar crash. Read more here…