Tips for Staying Productive While Working From Home
Here are some tips from R|MILLER leadership for staying on track with work and managing personal well-being during the 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order.
Create a productive workspace.
Pick a spot in your home you can use as a dedicated work space; one with minimal distractions that will allow you to concentrate and get yourself into work mode. Keep in mind that you may need it for the next 4 weeks.
Structure your day.
Start the day with the same routine you had when you were going to work. Try not to stay in morning clothing. Instead, dress for success!
Project teams should engage with each other on a regular basis through daily group or one-on-one huddles via Microsoft Teams. These should aim to address specific initiatives and help keep everyone on track. R|MILLER Virtual Happy Hour will be happening every Friday!
Define and complete daily tasks.
Make a to do list of tasks you wish to accomplish each day. Work through each item and practice time management.
Stay active and get fresh air.
With fewer reasons to leave the house and many recreational facilities closed, it is important to stay active. If circumstances allow, go outside for a brisk walk and get some fresh air. Avoid crowds and maintain the recommended 6-foot distance should you come into contact with others.
Stay informed, but limit media consumption.
It's good to stay updated on progress being made in combating COViD-19. Reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you with information as things develop. However, continuous exposure to news or panic on social media may trigger or elevate feelings of anxiety and stress. Stay informed by following a few authoritative sources, but try to limit overall media consumption so as not to feel overwhelmed--I keep it to 15 minutes in the morning and night.
Find a balance.
Engage in activities that benefit your well-being and bring you joy. You may enjoy reading, organizing, art projects, journaling, cooking new recipes, exercising, tackling household projects, or listening to calming music or a podcast. Meditation and yoga are also great ways to decompress; exercises can be accessed for free on YouTube and from other online sources.
While it's important to take measures to make sure we can work efficiently from home, we can't forget this is a time of crisis and we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves as well. Stay home, stay healthy, and stay balanced!