How to Work Well During Uncertain Times

March 17, 2020

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Hi Friend – I know there is a LOT going on right now. I know uncertain times are overwhelming. I know there is a lot of change right now. I know the things I’m mentioning are just scratching the surface of what is going on right now, BUT…today’s post is here to give you practical ways to work well at home during this unpredictable time.

1 | Focus on your health — physical and mental

Physical health

Focus on taking care of yourself by not getting sick and staying active. Limit your travel and practice social isolation. If you must go out in public, carry hand sanitizer or disinfectants.

Be sure to do some form of physical exercise every day – walk around your neighborhood and get fresh air, go on a run, do yoga, or strength train at home. Here are a few resources to get you started:

I’m personally going to try out Obe since the gym is off limits right now!

Mental health

Here are a few ways you can take care of your mental health and well being during times of uncertainty:

  • Establish healthy boundaries with work while you work at home. Work in chunks of time with set breaks. Use a timer to monitor your time. I personally love – it has focused music to help you work productively that can be set to specific time blocks.
  • Stay off social media. Practice digital minimalism!
  • Surround yourself with pets (if you can)! A good dog snuggle fixes lots of things.
  • Find a buddy you can check in with daily to get that human contact even if it’s just virtually!
  • Develop networks for personal and professional online interactions.
  • Practice mindfulness daily. Take time to quiet your mind, meditate, and check in with yourself.
  • Visit virtual museums to keep your mind engaged with new beautiful things.

P.S. – It’s important that if you start to feel sick reach out to your friends, family, or support systems so they can keep track of you. This is important to both make sure you are well and to get the support you need.

2 | Plan a focused schedule to follow at home

Working from home is new to many of us. On top of that, we’re making a big switch quickly and during a stressful time. In order to not loose focus and take care of ourselves keep a tight schedule. Block out your time in 30 minute or 1 hour chunks and stick to a schedule. This gives you a baseline. and schedule to regulate your time at home.

3 | Continuously check in and assess your accomplishments and readjust

Every week take a look at what you’ve done and then reassess. Assess what you were able to accomplish compared to what you set out to do in your blocked schedule, and assess what is left to do. This will be an iterative process and help you continue to refine a productive work at home schedule.

Here is a link to free productivity planners. These can help you sort out your at home schedule.

4 | Find an accountability partner

An accountability partner is ideally someone in you work with or a close friend with whom you can discuss your daily plan. Check in with them once or ideally twice a day — a quick note via either text or Slack to 1) report your ideal plan for the day and then 2) report back in later with what you accomplished. Accountability partners should give each other support if goals aren’t met, props if they were, and just general props for hanging in there regardless.

Schedule in regular coffee breaks with colleagues via Zoom to stay in touch throughout the week.

5 | Stay off social media and news

Let’s just be honest, social media is overwhelming right now and it’s not going to limit the spread of a virus. So, limit yourself with social media and news reports. Unfollow anyone that is overwhelming you or sharing inadequate or harmful information. A couple of programs that will help you limit social media and media in general are StayFocused and Self Control.

It’s also a perfect time to declutter your digital life in general.

6 | Relax your expectations of yourself and those around you

This is unknown territory for most of us so be patient with yourself and others. Be kind to yourself and others. Remember you’re not alone in this.

P.S. – I’m here for you! Let me know how I can support you in the comments below OR things you can do

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