In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most state agencies and associations have transitioned to working from home, including TPEA. We've compiled some tips and tricks for making the most out of your new at-home arrangement.
Maintain your morning routine
Just because you’re not going into an office doesn’t mean you should skip the things that ordinarily set you up for success. Waking up at the same time every day and maintaining a routine is the best way to be productive and focused.
Repurpose commute time for self-care
The average American commute is 27 minutes each way on average. Don’t let this reclaimed time go to waste. If reading, meditating, journaling or exercising are not currently part of your routine, now is a great time to try them out.
Dress for success
It can be very tempting to wear your PJs, but it doesn’t mean you should. You may still be interfacing with colleagues, partners, or customers via video. Plus, dressing comfortably yet professionally helps get you in the right mindset to stay productive.
Focus on nutrition
Maintain focus and energy by avoiding foods with sugars, artificial ingredients, or empty calories.
Designate a dedicated workspace
Find an environment that fosters productivity. It should be quiet, comfortable, and free of distractions - and different from where you usually eat or relax.
Take time to go outside
Taking breaks is great for your focus and well-being. Recharge by walking around the block or stepping outside on a patio or balcony.
Schedule an exercising activity into your workday. There are many You-Tuber’s and Social Media users who conduct short exercise videos that you can follow along. You can also make up your own 10-20 min circuit training/High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) routine. This is best if you must stay indoors.
Conduct/attend meetings and conference calls
In person interaction doesn’t have to be a casualty of remote work. Conducting daily stand-ups or team meetings via phone/video conferencing software will help maintain that personal connection.