we are all learning lessons working from home and I wanted to share a few tips.
Don’t start big changes or make major decisions
In such a situation, you will be stressed, tense, jumpy, and scared - all of these making you a bad decision-maker. So, do yourself and others a favour, hold off life-changing decisions - postponing is good right now. Chill. Research. Wait. Ask others. Take your time.
Say it out loud.....
Whether it would be the first, 5th or 15th day of a lock down, with almost full certainty, I can say that at some point we’ll get cranky, moody and overall won’t be super enjoyable human beings. But the better version of that would be to form our thoughts into a nice and long sentence or two and say what is the essence of the problem. Are we scared? Annoyed? Bored out of our minds? Don't just bang off that email, read it first - sleep on it.
Love you but lets not do everything together.........
Up until now, people have spent at least third of the day separated from colleagues, loved ones and family, and it has been working amazingly. Great, don’t change that. Make sure you give everyone enough space and time to miss each other again. Set up your working stations in different rooms, eat on your own at lunch, have a two-hour private call with a friend. Share jokes. Just avoid doing everything together.
Step one two, Step one two....
Don’t forget to stay physically fit. Not skipping your workout routine has numerous advantages, among which fighting crankiness, unwanted fat accumulation, and not to mention that it’s a great anger outlet. Run up the stairs, press ups in the garden, if you have to go out - walk fast!
Share & Care
If you feel fear creeping into your head, don’t bottle it. And if you are the confidant of someone, don’t undervalue their feelings. Keeping the youngest in the loop of what’s going in the world is not an easy task, however, it’s definitely a vital one.
work meetings are better over video at least for part of the call. Also have work fun video calls too. Just saying hello and a wave can be good too!