Building a Home Office has proven to be a challenging task for some.
Although many have been getting creative, as seen in social media platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok.
Today our beloved pets and playful toddlers are stealing our zoom meetings' attention.
On short notice, adapting to a new normal has revolutionized the way we work and interact with each other.
Managing work-life balance has taken an unexpected turn.
Establishing boundaries and routines is essential to thriving from our new desk, which just happens to look a lot like our dining room table.
Plan your day
Set your priorities on paper! Or on your google calendar.
Schedule your tasks and assign a determinate time for each one, be realistic!
Asses what you want to have achieved by the end of the day. This will provide you with some much-needed structure. You might want to pretend you are not working from home if that works for you.
Preparing your workspace
Make sure you have comfortable sitting accommodations; your back and derriere will thank you later.
With constant web meetings, it's good to consider the appropriate lighting. Your team members don't want to feel like their talking to a monster in the darkness.
Make the necessary adjustments to regulate temperature and airflow. Working from a freezing apartment is no nicer than working from a sauna-like bedroom.
Place a lovely plant on your "desk" and gather most often used office supplies.
It's tempting to indulge your pet with another playtime or take a break or two to play with your toddler. But you must explain to them beforehand that only because you are at home doesn't mean you are not at work.
Used to hate meetings?
Thanks to online software, we've been able to carry on our duties uninterruptedly.
Zoom, Slack, and Monday.com have come to the rescue. They are helping us to maintain smart communication with our colleagues and meet our deadlines.
Don't Let your routine hangin'
Having a consistent routine can increase your mood and productivity.
Get up at the same time you use to when you went to your regular office, take a shower, and be the respectable person your boss thinks you are.
Throw on your favorite shirt and spray on your signature fragrance.
With our lack of commutes and physical interaction, you might be inclined to roll around in your glorified pajamas. But putting an effort will go a long way.
Don't pour ice cream over your pasta!
Make no mistake, this is a stressful period for us, but we are not hibernating.
Being in all day at home doesn't mean you should eat ten packs of cookies in a row.
Set time aside to reset mentally. Taking supplements and caring for our health is more important than ever.
Not being able to go to the gym doesn't mean you should skip exercise altogether.
If millennials have taught us something is that there is an app for everything now.
Take a minute to download the Nike Training Club App or follow your preferred YouTube Insanity workout.
And no, repeatedly walking to your fridge doesn't count as working out.
Practice Social Distancing from your fridge! Ben and Jerry's need a break from you too.
One Final Thing.
Reserve a few hours of Digital Detox.
Since we currently work on our computer, skype from our phone, and read from tablets, our eyes can feel dry and tired.
If you must keep consuming content, it is recommended that you switch to an audiobook or enjoy a dose of peace and quiet. Try Scribd or Audible; they often offer free trials.
Try to finish your day with a mindful yoga practice or whichever ritual suits you. This will recharge you and prepare you for tomorrow.
Till now, let's take one day at the time.
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