• Mike Colosimo, The Social

5 Ways to Cope with Working from Home

So, what we all thought would be a short interruption of our usual work schedule has turned out to be a months-long, major disruption that’s thrown the idea of “business as usual” out the window. And while a sea-change of this magnitude can be scary, it also presents us with an opportunity to adapt our approach to work and especially our work-life balance. At The Social, we’re choosing to focus on the future rather than the stresses we face day-to-day. We encourage you to join us!

Here are a few of the ways we’ve found to make working from home more productive, enjoyable, and satisfying.

1. Reset Your Goalposts

If you’re like us, the goals you set for yourself and your business way back in Q4 2019 aren’t relevant to today’s work reality. Schedule time in your calendar to reflect on your current plan and adjust your goals so they are still actionable today.

2. Invest in the Right Tools

Just as our goals may evolve during this time, the tools we use to run our business effectively may also change. We’ve all become experts in Zoom and other video conferencing tools, and it’s tough to imagine a time when these tools weren’t a part of our business. Web-based project management apps such as Asana and Microsoft Teams can help you and your staff collaborate remotely.

3. Stick with a Routine

We’ve found that creating and following a routine for our workdays has helped us stay on task. Most people have a particular time of day when they are most productive. Identify when this time occurs for you and schedule tasks that require deep thinking during this time period. Those hours when you’re less focused and productive are good choices for Zoom calls and answering emails. Eat your meals at the same time each day, and establish a ritual for starting and ending your workday.

4. Improve Your Workspace

If your back’s hurting from crouching over your computer on your kitchen table, it may be time to finally order that standing desk or invest in some better office furniture. Most of us started the quarantine in makeshift offices we thought were temporary. Now that working from home is lasting a bit longer than anticipated, make the investment in a good chair, desk, headset, webcam, and other essentials.

If you absolutely need to get out of the house, The Social is still open for members. We encourage our members to practice social distancing while they’re, here, wash their hands regularly, and sanitize their work spaces before and after they use them.

5. Take a Break

It seems like the line between work time and family time gets blurrier every day. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take a break from work. Turn off your computer and get outside, take a walk, call a friend, or make a meal. Giving yourself a mental and emotional break will make it easier to focus and stay productive in the long run. Some days will be more stressful than others. On those days, breaks are even more important.

We’re missing the opportunity for all of us to gather together, create, and relax at The Social. Until we are all back up and running, take care of yourselves and stay focused on the future. For more tips, check out our Facebook page.

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