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The current pandemic, COVID-19, has barred down on bricks and mortar offices and encouraged most employees to work from home if possible. As an introvert, and as someone who has worked from home for a few years now, I’ve become an expert in separating work from play and also finding different ways to disconnect and wind down amidst a hectic time.
I’m not someone who typically wants to spend my time in large crowds or at public events, so instead, I often find myself and my family looking for creative and unique ways to stay in and make the most of our family time.
The best thing about staying at home during non-work hours? The fact that it saves you a lot of money. The best thing about working from home? Finding new ways to maximize your productivity and the opportunity to learn your strengths.
People who already work from home have been sharing their top tips for how to handle this transition on Twitter, and I thought it would be great to share some of those ideas with you.
One of the hardest things about working from home is trying to communicate with coworkers without them reading between the lines. If you’re new to this setup, it’s always good to overcommunicate what you need and also, be open with how you feel. As a boss, it can be tempting to micro-manage given the new circumstances. Try to limit check-ins unless tasks are not being completed. Weekly team meetings are enough in an office space, and so it should be the same in remote life. As an employee, you’re going to feel weird and maybe as though you’re not doing enough. That is normal. You are doing fine.
work from home tips (from an actual pro), a series:
#6. Figure out your working style and frequently take stock of what's working and what's not. For instance, putting on my earphones is me telling my body I'm ready for work even if there's no music. Hack yourself.
— MACKY IS WASHING HER HANDS (@schmurks) March 10, 2020
The best part of working from home is the casual attire (trust me). Don’t listen to the crazies who tell you to get dressed up to stay home. Unless you have a video call, it’s okay to be comfortable.
I truly can't get over people's stupid work from home advice. "change into regular clothes" WHY TAKE AWAY THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME??? You absolute losers love management and rules
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) March 13, 2020
This is a really unusual situation. It’s particularly unusual if you have to suddenly manage to parent and work at the same time. So, cut yourself and your employees some slack. You don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to figure it all out in one day (let alone one week).
It is very difficult to work from home with kids at home. A lot of people will be discovering this in the coming weeks.
— Matt Lane (@MattLaneWrites) March 12, 2020
Whether you use Slack to connect with coworkers or the mute button on a conference call, take advantage of these tools. One of the best parts of working from home is that every meeting tends to be more intentional and timely because there are limits to video calls.
With remote work on the horizon for millions of people, it’s crucial that we all remember one very important thing: to mute yourself on conference calls.
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) March 10, 2020
Do not try to do laundry or other household chores during work hours. Not because it’s not convenient, but because you will absolutely forget you put clothes in the washing machine and it will absolutely stink.
*sitting at my desk, 6 old cups of tea in various molding states around the computer, a half-eaten baby nutrient bar in the wacom pen holder, wearing the hoodie i slept in & 4 tabs open about wood-whittling tools* "sooo you guys wanna work from home eh? lemme give you some tips."
— jon klassen (@burstofbeaden) March 10, 2020
If you’re an extrovert, you might feel lonely without the ability to strike up conversations with your co-workers. It’s perfectly normal to embrace your own type of crazy and talk to yourself, your pets, and your wall.
How to work remotely (and not perish) ♀️
– Embrace the "outfit mullet": business on top, couch slug on the bottom. You only need to look decent from the waist up for meetings now
– Talk to your pets/yourself. It's not crazy—it's survival
— Dayna Winter Ⓥ (@nicecobra) March 11, 2020
If you always shower in the morning or read the news on the way to work, continue that habit. Give yourself that morning commute time to mentally prepare for the day ahead. Routine is great and it is especially necessary when you work from home.
Maintain your morning routine. Make your bed. Shower. If you work out, do that. If you read on the Subway, get up when you would normally and read. Whatever it is, keep doing it.
— kristina monllos (@kristinamonllos) March 10, 2020
tip your food service people. They can't work from home! and you're an adult. 20% not that bad
— Tameka Alice (@tamekasaysitall) March 11, 2020
Lastly, I’d like to share some of my personal tips for anyone who didn’t get a kick out of the tweets up above.
Vitamin D drops are not just for babies. If you are inside, you likely aren’t getting a lot of sunshine.
Always make yourself breakfast and lunch and always have water sitting next to your computer.
It’s okay to feel unproductive and give yourself small breaks in between tasks – just like you would if you were in an office.
Set intentional and productive meetings on Zoom, Slack or Google, but don’t be afraid to set up general “check-ins” and social calls if you feel lonely or isolated.
Start your day off by completing a big-picture item and focus on administrative tasks in the afternoon.
Give yourself your own deadlines – especially if you like to procrastinate.
No matter what situation you’re in, the best advice I’ve been able to share during this difficult time is this:
Don’t touch your investments and don’t touch your face
— Alyssa Davies (@MixedUpMoney) March 12, 2020
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