Navigating the New Normal #2

8 Tips for Remote Work

Summer is in full swing, and while some of us have been working remotely for months (or years!), others are just starting out. Here are 8 tips to help us all navigate this new normal.

Navigating the New Normal is a Paradise Writing Blog Series covering life and work tips, tricks, and articles of interest during COVID19. We're all in this together.

By: Kari B.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, working remotely was the exception to the rule. It was that sweet gig that other people always seemed to have. But today, as the entire globe grapples with the enormous challenge of slowing the coronavirus, working from home is the new norm.

Millions of people are now scrambling to set up home office areas and gather not only their wits but all the right tech, furniture, and accessories to do their jobs from their living spaces.

If this is your current reality, rest assured that while it is easier said than done, it is not impossible. And whatever you do, don’t panic. After all, if your kid brother’s best friend can do it, so can you!

Working from home, and doing it effectively, is a lot like putting a puzzle together. You find your pieces and then assemble and reassemble over and over until you find the perfect fit.

Here are 8 tips to remember as you get started:

Breathe. We are living through an event unprecedented in our lifetime, so give yourself a break. Aim not for perfection but completion.

Keep a schedule. Wake up at the same time each morning. This self-discipline will pay off in the form of productivity.

Dress for success. Lounging in PJs is tempting and oh-so comfy, but wearing your normal work clothes helps make sure you’re in a professional mindset. Plus, you’ll be good to go if your boss schedules an impromptu video chat!

Claim your space. If possible, stake out an area in your home that is yours and yours alone. Set clear rules and boundaries—particularly with children—about interruptions. (Whining? Nope. Bleeding? Yes.)

Take breaks. Don’t slack on carving out time for yourself. Schedule lunchtime and breaks and take them in their entirety. If you’re at home with a pet, you might even time your breaks with a walk or feeding. These kinds of refreshers can make a huge difference in your energy level throughout the day.

Limit time online. Avoid spending too much time on social media and new sites during your workday. Stay informed but resist the temptation to binge because even a few minutes of browsing all the latest headlines on COVID-19 has the potential to distract your brain for far longer.

Stay in touch. Arrange to stay in close communication with a colleague, or even a nonwork friend, who is not your supervisor. Chat, vent, solve problems, laugh—all the same things you’d do at the office.

Get some fresh air. If your Wi-Fi signal reaches your porch or patio, take advantage of being at home. Work outside!

What remote-work tips have worked for you? What do you still want to know? Tell us in the comments below!

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