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COVID-19 has sent the majority of the country into a quarantine-like state, with a large percentage of employees forced to adapt to the remote workplace. For some, this work routine is nothing new, but after almost a month of working from home, others are itching to get back to the office as soon as possible.
For the time being, it is important to follow all necessary precautions to help flatten the curve of the virus spread, but it doesn’t mean that cabin fever should take control of how you go about your business and accomplishing your work goals.
Spring has sprung, and with the weather finally heading into the high 50s and 60s in many areas around the country, it has become the perfect opportunity to take your work to the deck, the patio, or the yard. If you work on a laptop or a tablet, try making a mobile office set up outside. This allows you to get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air, and still be able to get some work done.
If you are unable to work outside due to equipment problems, make sure you take some time during the week to get some fresh air.
One of the best reasons would be to get some exercise. The parks might be closed in some areas, but it doesn’t hurt to take 30 minutes to an hour of your day to go for a jog or walk around the neighborhood while of course following the recommended social distancing guidelines. Not only is it good to get some fresh air, but it also helps clear your mind and gather your thoughts.
For those who have been feeling trapped inside and are dying to head outside, as long as you’re following the necessary guidelines set forth by your town and state, don’t hesitate to try out the outside work approach.
If you are unable to head outside, it is still equally important to keep your body moving. If you have an elliptical, treadmill, or indoor bike machine, take at least 30 minutes each day to keep your body in shape and healthy. If you don’t have access to exercise equipment, find a workout video on YouTube to try out. Sitting at your desk for eight to nine hours of the day is not really good for your health and can be easily overwhelming to some workers not used to sitting in one position all day so try to make a point to add some movement into your work routine.
Create daily goals for yourself
Working from home requires a lot of self-discipline. Many people might feel the tendency to be more relaxed while at home and may forget about what they need to accomplish. Try to set goals for yourself every day and for the entire week.
Use the calendar or reminders app on your computer or smartphone to set goals or to-do items you want to accomplish. For those who tend to ignore alarms, try setting multiple reminders for the same tasks to make sure you stay on top of tasks.
Make sure the goals you set are realistic to the deadline you need to meet. Don’t give yourself too many tasks in one day. For projects that require more time, find specific goals within the project that you want to reach each day instead of trying to rush to complete it.
Working from home is nothing like working from the office. In many ways, employees can take advantage of the extra time they don’t have to spend commuting to work to take a little time for themselves and ease their stress.
It might be a while before things return to normal, and it is still essential that employees stay on task, but it is just as important to pace and take care of yourself during this difficult time. Taking these suggestions can improve your mental health and boost your morale while working remotely.
April 16, 2020