Tips for transitioning to WFH

Proven techniques for working from home

I would love to share some techniques I have been using to coach clients for a successful transition from the office to working at home. I spent the better part of last week helping people who are used to lots of social activity move to social isolation and social distancing and for many of them, it was harder than expected. Let’s all remember to keep our distance so that we remain healthy and safe.

It’s getting more challenging to maintain focus and keep anxiety to a minimum as Covid-19 comes closer to our homes. I compiled 10 tips to ease your transitions and help you all thrive in the new normal at home.

  1. Set up a workstation for every member of the family. This can be as simple as adding a tray table to a chair or setting up make-shift desks. If this includes the kitchen or dining table, but sure to restore those spaces for mealtimes.
  2. Chunk out work time: try to block time into 1.5-2 hour “chunks” and then take breaks in between. Go outside, stretch, grab some water and maybe take a 15 minute social media break and then do another chunk.
  3. If you are isolated, get outside at least twice a day and find some people to smile at. It is important to see other people in real time, not just on a screen.
  4. Create an easeful work-flow by buffering time around meetings for quick breaks, highlighting top priorities for each day and designating time for creative projects.
  5. Come up with creative ways to check in with friends. Zoom happy hours have been popular. Our family tried a fancy dinner with another family over FaceTime.
  6. Change your clothes at least once/day, eat healthy snacks, drink lots of water. 
  7. Learn the etiquette of Zoom and Skype. Mute yourself when you are not speaking and make sure you are camera-ready before turning your camera on. People understand that we may have kids and pets at home so don’t worry if your family occasionally drifts into your meeting. Gracefully redirect these wayward family members and come back when you are composed.  Consider ways to make the background more dramatic or interesting behind you for those video calls. Maybe put up a poster or some art!
  8. Get creative in the kitchen and beyond! Swap some recipes with friends and teach your teenagers to cook.
  9. Take the extra 20% of your time you would have spent commuting/dressing/socializing to ask what you can add to your life during this quarantine period. Do you want to play a musical instrument, learn a language, create a photo album, learn to juggle…try something new to grow your brain!
  10. Add meditation to the start and/or end of you day.  All you need is 10-15 minutes of quiet time.  There are plenty of good apps that can help with learning this skill, like Headspace or Calm.

Finally, I hope that you are all safe and well at home and you are finding ways to include humor in your daily lives.  Please remember to laugh when you can, as science has proven that laughter and humor can help us stay healthy. May you be gentle with yourselves and loved ones as we all muddle through this together!

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