Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are now in a new routine of working remotely from home. This can’t always be easy, especially for those with kids at home with them too. We compiled some tips to make your remote work transition easier.
Set a time that you need to start work.
Think of this time as what time you would need to be at your office. Do you have a conference call at 9? Don’t plan on getting logged on just for 9. Plan out an earlier time that works for you. For example, plan to be at your seat, checking emails, or whatever you need to do, by 8:30 so that you can feel prepared and not rushed.
Have a designated office space.
This is especially important for those working at home with kids. Having a designated office space helps you, and anyone you’re quarantined with, know that when you’re in there (and if you have the luxury of shutting the door), that this is the time where you are working. Of course your office pets might not like this too much, but take your pets to work day could work for some of us. Unless you have a cat that likes to type on your keyboard.
Dress like you normally would.
Dressing like you normally would help you stay in a somewhat consistent routine that you were used to before the pandemic started. If you normally wear makeup and do your hair (we hope you at least brush your hair daily), then make time to do your makeup. Small steps like this can make you feel even more ready to take on the day. (But if you really want to skip makeup, we understand that!)
Get outside and move!
It’s important to keep up with activity since we’re confined to our houses. Randour Chiropractic makes a great point about the necessity of moving during this time, “Staying active is vital to life and longevity. The human body is meant to move. Without movement, your body becomes stagnant and toxic which creates an environment where it is then actually more painful to move and it becomes harder and harder to get out of the rut of sitting on the couch and eating bad food.” You can read more about the importance of movement on their blog here.
Relax after a long day.
Finally, we know that this is a stressful and unknown time that we’re all in, so make sure that you’re also taking time for yourself. After you log off for the day, make yourself a dinner you enjoy, pour yourself a glass of wine, cup of tea, or whatever you like best and allow yourself to unwind.
We know there is a lot of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, but, as always, if you have any questions or just want to chat, we’re here for you!