The coronavirus crisis has caused a fair amount of disruption to the traditional ways of working and established routines of working professionals. As nations extend the lockdown period to avoid the spread ask people to self-quarantine, remote working is our new normal. We all are trying to adjust to the new environment. This transition is not going to be easy. How do managers, leaders, and individual professionals make this sudden shift? It will take some time but we can always discuss how we can carry on to the best of our abilities, even in times like these.
Looking at the brighter side, the lockdown and social distancing also present opportunities to focus on your skills, learnings, knowledge, and most importantly – your brand. Here are a few suggestions to help you make your way through the new reality. And trust me, it’s all blue till you build your happy space.
Some Tips to help you at work from home during the Coronavirus Crisis
Manage your Time well
With remote working, arrive a unique set of challenges. Starting your day right becomes very important. The luxury of being in your own space has the potential to disturb your work routine. A great way to avoid that is by getting up on time and getting ready for work, just like you would usually. Staying motivated with all the family members around and household chores can be tough. This is why you need to identify your moments of inspiration and hold on to them. Create a plan for the day, choose the right corner for work, take small breaks, take some time out for work out, talk to your family more, and do all that helps you carry on with your work. More than an intense schedule, it’s time to have a consistent one, that helps you stay positive and productive.
Check-in with your Team regularly
Keep the communication lines open and check-in with your team on a regular basis. Not just with your manager but others as well. You will find that it will be refreshing to take some time out for phone calls or facetime, just to know how your teammates are doing. In these times, there shouldn’t be any limitations on communication. Offer help and seek guidance whenever needed.
With a hectic schedule pre-coronavirus crisis, it would have been difficult to find some time to work on your skills. This is probably the right time for you to identify areas of improvement in your current job role. Now is the time to master those aspects by up-skilling yourself. In the age of online learning, there is absolutely no lack of resources. Feel free to connect and interact with experienced professionals too, you might end up finding a great mentor for a lifetime. We can never learn enough and there’s so much to look forward to. Isn’t it?
Pursue your Hobbies
If you have been one of those who think that hobbies are a wastage of time, you might want to rethink this. Hobbies are a part of your personality, adds to who you are as an individual. And you are not just your career.
Hobbies are also a great way of relaxing yourself and being inside your house all the time can be a little gloomy. Read, write, paint, dance – do anything that you love doing. If you never had a hobby, it’s a great opportunity to cultivate one. Your hobbies go beyond the coronavirus crisis or any situation for that matter. A part of you stays with you, always.
The reason why I am highlighting the importance of hobbies is because situations like these can take a toll on your mental health. And we definitely don’t want that. Small initiatives like home workouts, having a hobby, healthy eating can help us all with a positive outlook. Trust me, these little changes in lifestyle will go far beyond the coronavirus crisis.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)