Remake your commute. Spend the time you would normally spend on a commute exercising or stretching. It’ll make a big difference!
Hydrate. Being indoors most of the time causes dehydration. Fight back with lots of water. Coffee, tea and sodas are okay in moderation, but too much caffeine defeats the purpose. Staying well hydrated helps with keeping your blood moving too.
Eat smart. Keep an eye on your snack intake. We know, we know… they’re right there. In the pantry. Down the hall. At arm’s length. So easy! If you’re going to snack (and of course you are), load your home up with bite-size nibbles and nutritious options like nuts and fruit.
Remember to move. It’s easy to become one with your desk chair, particularly when you’re not heading to conference rooms or popping by a colleague’s cube for a quick chat. Getting your blood moving is crucial for your health… and there’s nothing like a brisk walk to clear your mind.
Banish your headphones. Now that you’re at home, you can choose your own music — and play it as loud as you want. Find playlists to keep you motivated, happy and pumped — or relaxed, if that’s your jam. If you prefer non-musical background noise, find something that won’t distract you. One of our teammates likes to keep it topical, with Mad Men on during the workday. She claims it’s a little like being in the actual office, minus the debauchery and whiskey.
Share your favorite self-isolation playlists!
Breathe. Relax. Repeat. Working from home isn’t all fun and games. The first couple of days may feel new and exciting, but remote working can also cause stress and anxiety. Remember to take time for yourself to regain your focus. Blink your eyes, sit up straight and take several deep breaths, lift your eyebrows, unclench your jaw. Repeat as needed.
Meditate. Try setting aside five minutes after every call to meditate, clear your mind and fill your thoughts with the good things in your life.
Walk away. When working from home, it’s all too easy to work sunup to sundown. That’s a recipe for burnout… and your family may not appreciate it either. Set a daily time to shut down for the day — and stick to it. When something urgent comes up after that time (because it will), address what you need to, then get back to your own time.
Bonus: Surprising Realizations
When working from home you’ll likely discover a newfound respect for:
- IT when the internet goes down
- Housekeeping when you have to clean your workspace and empty trash cans
- The front desk when you have to screen your own calls
- And currently most important… the office manager when the bathroom is out of toilet paper!
We hope this challenging, anxious time in our lives comes to its end soon. Until then, for those of you working remotely (and especially those who aren’t), do your best to maintain your focus, be patient with one another and look after yourself. And always practice your social distancing!
What tricks have you found to make working remotely more efficient and less stressful? Let us know!