Change can feel difficult in uncertain times, but it's also what helps us get out of our comfort zone so we can evolve and grow as individuals.
GET LIFT has been 100% virtual since last May, and it has worked well for us. We realize that due to COVID-19 a lot of companies have had to transition into having their employees work remotely, so we asked our team to share their best tips on how they stay healthy and productive to help you get through this.
The three common themes that emerged were:
A. Daily Routines
1. As soon as you wake up, make your bed, and brush your teeth. Then change into your workout or business casual clothes vs. staying in your PJs
2. Allocate a specific workspace just for work, so you don't end up working in bed. Also, make sure you can close the door for privacy on calls
3. Ensure that you can turn work off at the end of the day. Working from home doesn't have to mean being 'on-call' 24/7
B. Productivity and Tools/Technology
4. Create efficiencies in communication using tools such as Zoom, Slack, Smartsheet, Asana, and Email. Social distancing does not mean that you are alone. Your team is just a few clicks away on chat or video
5. Avoid distractions by installing site blockers that limit your time spent on social media or other websites that are a distraction for you
6. Start your day with a prioritized task list that you can check off as the day goes on
7. Download an at-home workout app to keep up with your Exercise Routine. There are a ton of gyms and apps that are offering free classes for members and non-members
8. Don't snack on the bad stuff. Drink lots of water, eat fruits and have a dedicated "snacktime"
9. Take breaks from looking at your screen by getting up for a walk, doing some stretches/exercises throughout the day to get your body moving and blood flowing – Just get out of the chair!
10. Do a quick meal prep over the weekend to help ensure you're stocked on a couple of healthy meals and snacks that are either ready to go or require minimal assembly during your workday
Bonus Tip: Incorporate a gratitude practice into your day
Working from home may take some getting used to, but if you give it a chance, we hope that you'll learn to appreciate it or perhaps even be grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Some of the perks our team is grateful for include work-life balance, saving on lunches, and more time to ourselves and our families/pets instead of time spent commuting.
Stay healthy and safe!