Whether you have been a digital nomad for many years, always dial in from a new (usually jealous) locale, or work from home for the first time – we have ideas for you to stay productive and positive in this challenging one Time.
Below we have put together our favorite tips and tricks for your best life as a remote employee. * Use what works for you and leave out what doesn’t.
So chin up, buckle up and fill up your favorite coffee mug – it’s time to get to work:
* We call this a “remote control” Work Guide ”because it’s just that: a work guide. We plan to keep it up to date as new ideas emerge.
1. Create space. Physically and mentally.
Yes, we have to stay physically inside now, but that can destroy our minds and affect our moods, mindsets and ultimately our productivity.
Know that your mind and mental health should be one of them, if not the mostimportant priority. This tip applies now and always to your current WFH status.
Give yourself time all day to create mental space.
- Take frequent breaks. Set an hourly alarm for yourself if you forget this.
- Get some fresh air. Open a window, go to your back yard, go around your block.
- To breathe. Concentrate on your breath, take time to meditate, close your eyes.
- Diary. Step away from your screen and put the pen on paper. Spend a few moments writing your thoughts in the style of a stream of consciousness.
- Practice gratitude. Take a few minutes to think about what you are thankful for.
- Acknowledge emotions aloud. Give your feelings a place to go by calling them out loud. Then let her go.
- Exercise. Endorphins help your body process stress, improve your mood and clear your mind.
- Watch cute animal videos. If this doesn’t improve your mood, I’m not sure what’s going to happen!
Whether you’re navigating a new setup in your home that includes remote office work, homeschool, childcare, or a combination of all three, it’s important to set physical space for yourself so you can get the job done.
This may mean finding a flat surface for your computer, or it may require additional items or activities to put you into work mode.
- Light your favorite candle.
- Drink your favorite tea.
- Listen to music that puts you in the zone.
- Add a throw pillow to your chair to further support your back.
- Place plants and other mood-enhancing greenery nearby.
- Put on your favorite cuddly sweater.
If you’ve found a physical home work space that works for you, great.
Sometimes staying in one place can affect your productivity. If you’re having trouble staying in one place all day, that’s fine too. Recognizing and accepting this fact (instead of just sitting in denial) can help free yourself from this rut.
Moving around. Try a little with a standing desk situation at your kitchen counter. Work from your couch, work from the bed (but be careful if you get too tired!).
2. Use routines to normalize your working day.
All of these changes at once might feel anything but normal. At the biological level, humans are reluctant to change. However, channeling routines that reinforce a normal working day can help you do all of this.
- Set normal working hours (and stick to them). A clear separation between working hours and rest is important to maintain your energy level and productivity in the long run. Even if you can’t physically leave your work laptop in the office for the weekend, you can still close it, stow it away at home, and intentionally save time checking your business email.
- Get dressed (or not). Whether you usually plan your outfits a week in advance or throw an ensemble on top of your pile of clean clothes or stay in your PJs until noon – there are no judgments here! It is important that you stick to what you normally do as long as you continue to feel good.
- Brush your teeth. This is an obvious but important reminder, especially since you are unlikely to make your annual trip to your dentist shortly. Brushing your teeth can also help you feel more awake during the day, especially during the overly familiar, particularly sleepy time of day after lunch.
- Brush or comb your hair. Especially if we rely more on video-based conferencing, you may not want your boss or customer to see your head. Unless you have styled your hair to look like this.
- Shower. Good hygiene not only keeps you healthy, it also makes you feel better. I am not sure if this is a scientifically proven fact, but we can all agree.
- Have coffee or tea. Caffeinated or not, hot, mixed, or ice-chilled, your morning drink of choice is a soothing way to keep your routine going and put you into a productive mindset.
- Read the news before looking at your to-do list. Just because you’re used to scrolling through your favorite newsfeed while commuting to the office on the train doesn’t mean you can’t adapt a similar routine before plunging into your inbox at home.
Some routines are easier to follow and adjust for a home office than others. Get creative, experiment with different routines, stick with what helps, and leave behind what doesn’t.
3. Use social media with intention. Beware of emotional rush.
Social media is an emotional fire pants. Everyone uses the channel of their choice to share how they feel about the current situation, and this emotional storm continues around the clock.
It’s one thing to use the social as a positive source to connect with friends, family, and colleagues who are the same as you. However, also note whether these emotions have a negative impact on your own psychological well-being.
If scrolling through your Insta feed increases your fear, remember that You are in control how to use the platform. Take a breather as long as you need. Don’t forget to take care of your mental health on the way there, while staying physically inside to stay healthy, to protect yourself and others, and to smooth the curve.
If you find that social media is affecting your mood or productivity, turn it off. Turn it off. Delete the app if you have to.
4. Include change. Be flexible. Stay positive.
We have seen some of the fastest and most unprecedented changes in our lives and workflows in recent weeks. This is unlikely to slow down as quickly. How we react to these changes and position them in our heads is a powerful and important tactic that we can use.
Remember that as a person you are strong, resilient and perfectly qualified to face these challenges.
We don’t have time to wallow in things we can’t do right now. Instead, focus on what you are doing can do and what you to do and what you’re lucky enough to have access to.
- Quiet & entertainment:
- Play your favorite music.
- Cooking or baking something new.
- Do something new.
- Water your plants.
- Read a book or listen to an audio book.
- Work on a puzzle.
- Play a board game.
- Watch a live stream on social networks.
- Take part in a virtual dance party.
- Immerse yourself in a new crime series on Netflix.
- Go for a walk with your dog.
- Try an online yoga class.
- Try a YouTube training video.
- Run around the block.
- Clean your house.
- Run around your house.
- Call your mother, father, grandma, aunt, cousin, or all of the above.
- FaceTime your friends.
- Talk to your pets.
- Speak to you
- Talk to your neighbors (from a distance).
5. Keep communication flowing.
This pandemic requires that we rely heavily on communication and collaboration software.
At the moment we are all well positioned to do our everyday work virtually, thanks to intelligent technology (hardware and software), a stable internet connection and much more.
Where we lack physical proximity, we can make up for it through communication. This is one of the most fundamental aspects of remote work. If you feel you are communicating too much, do it right.
The most important thing is to know which channels to use for different scenarios.
- E-mail. Best for sending follow-up notes from meetings, a list of action items to multiple teams, or key announcements that contain more than one detail.
- Gchat. Best to quickly check in with a team member to see if your colleague is available for a call, to check a project’s quick status, or to ask a simple question.
- VOIP calls. It’s best to answer more detailed questions about a new product or process, plan a list of action items, and discuss more details about an ongoing project.
- Audio conferencing (with screen sharing). Best for a new process, to fix a problem, or to submit a report to your customer.
- Video conferencing. Best for team brainstorming, troubleshooting, or training.
Hopefully the ideas in this telework guide will help you overcome the uncertain times of COVID-19. And you know that much of the above information is still valid after the pandemic and leads to healthy, positive and productive remote work.
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