2020 has brought some major changes into everybody’s lives since the arrival of #Covid-19. The mandatory use of face masks, gloves, antibacterial, and the social isolation (who doesn’t hate social isolation?); but most importantly we’re basically living a stay-at-home life. Conferences, classes, work, events, workshops, everything we do now is mostly done at home.
Due to the fast increase in the number of cases of #coronavirus in the world it has forced a number of countries to make decisions that, on a greater or lesser extent, have affected people’s routine. Many of whom used to meet during their working hours in an office, have been forced to telecommute, while others have had to stop working altogether.
In any case, it is not easy to get used to being at home for so long, and the temptation to go out to a park or a recreational space increases and despairs. In an attempt to calm people’s cravings, the #StayAtHome or #YoMeQuedoEnCasa campaign was born.
As #RemoteWorkers and/or #Freelancers we are very used to combine the home with the office and we have had to develop methods just to not die or at least trying our best.
Here I’d like to share some of the techniques I apply to work at home, and some others that I am doing during this quarantine period just to not get bored:
- Don’t stay in your pajamas: take a good waking shower and put on some jeans and a shirt. It can make a difference between an active day or a lazy day.
- Set realistic goals every day and stick to them, then take a break. Depending on the tasks I have, I set goals and when I finish with one I take a break.
- If I’m having a particularly difficult day concentrating, instead of pauses, I put “rewards” at the end of each goal: a chapter in a series, a relaxing bath, or whatever feels best at the time.
- Try as much as possible to be in a quiet room, but don’t lie on a bed because you will lose the battle against boredom and laziness!
- If you don’t have to work, do those things that you didn’t have time for and that are proactive. Like deleting files from your computer, updating your resume, changing the light bulbs in your house, mend that old sweater that is forgotten in your closet, tidying up the closet or the office, put aside clothes that you no longer use to donate, clean up the house, and whatever comes to mind. If not, catch up on your favorite series and relax.
- Create a schedule to help you focus and meet your daily/weekly/monthly goals. Sometimes while quarantining we lose the track of time, establishing a schedule will help your mind to focus and achieve your goals.
- Don’t forget that even when you’re at home you MUST meet your working hours. Sometimes we over-work just because we don’t realize our working hours are done. Remember our mind and eyes need a break from our computer’s screens.
And you, #RemoteWorkers and #Freelancers in the community, what would you advise to people?
Written by: Estefany Escalona – Administrative Assistant