Working from home in the COVID era

   
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Working from home requires so many adaptations, and even for seasoned-work-from -homers this COVID era presents challenges. Social isolation limits your colleague's productivity, your distractions are all home from school with you, and so much more... 

One of the most important productivity tools you can put to work for you is to set realistic expectations. Productivity in this era simply won't look like it did a few short weeks ago. Thats out of your control. And trying to control the uncontrollable is one of the greatest triggers for anxiety. Keep it real!

Our Social Worker Leanne Shapiro has gathered some of the guidance circulating that she thought was most important, and we are sharing it with your here:

Location Location Location

  • If possible, do not work/set up an office in your bedroom
  • Two schools of thought
    • A) set up one location as your dedicated workstation
      • When you are in this space, signals your mind that it’s time to work
      • When you are not in that space, you should not be working
      • Separates your home life from work life
    • B)  Or you could take advantage of the flexibility of not being trapped in one place. Transition where you work several times a day such as an office, back porch, front porch, living room, rec room, etc. for variety

Dump the Distractions

  • put phone on silent and turn it face down, turn off TV, listen to music only station (no news)
  • schedule breaks to check phone in order to catch up on necessary information and stay connected
  • set an alarm when looking at social media to prevent losing track of time and losing focus

Keep healthy work habits

  • Keep your routines:
    • set an alarm to start your day
    • get dressed for work in comfortable clothes
    • take a shower and brush your teeth as your normally would for going to work
  • schedule virtual meetings with colleagues to keep motivated and keep up to date
  • set S.M.A.R.T. goals*

Create a healthy work environment

  • if possible, set up in front of a window for natural light and fresh air opportunities
  • put a small plant in your workspace
  • get outside for a short period to renew your energy and focus

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  • make sure you have the tools you need, e.g. sufficient internet connection, software, hardware (laptop, cell phone, headset / ear buds, printer / scanner), etc.

*Follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal approach: Make sure your to-do list for the day / week includes tasks that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/smarter-living/work-at-home-tips-advice.html

https://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/how-work-home-and-not-go-crazy.html

Joel Weisberg

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.

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