The unimaginable global Covid-19 health crisis has interrupted the structure of what was once ‘business as usual’ little time ago.
These difficult times stress the importance of remaining connected and communicative whilst adapting to our new way of work and life. As we take on social distancing measures, working remotely or from home has become the new normal for most. Despite the inability for physical interactions, it's imperative we stay connected, productive and inspired, learn to embrace the power of digital technology during this critical moment of change.
The considerable changes to our routine and work environment will pose challenges for all of us. Below are some universal recommendations on how you can adapt to these changes whilst staying effective, motivated and most importantly positive during these testing times.
"The beautiful gift of being human is that we’re resilient as a species. We’re adaptable by nature." - Tony Robbins
Creating an uplifting environment that suits your individual work style and needs is essential. A dedicated, quiet and decluttered workspace will allow for a clear state of mind to help you stay focused and make better work-related decisions. Try to position your workspace near a window or light filled room filled to feel more connected to your external environment, eliminating that ‘trapped’ isolated feeling and will also do wonders for your frame of mind. Mix it up a little, work in another room or outdoor space once a week to keep things interesting.
Who said you can’t have some fun whilst working at home? Play your favourite playlist or choose one of many ‘Work from Home’ playlists offered by 'Spotify' and other apps to get you energised and in work mode.
"Having a clear mind and clear space allows you to think and act with purpose." - Erika Oppenheimer
Whilst working in your jim-jams in the comfort of your home sounds like a dream come true, you might find that rolling straight out of bed into your home office chair, NOT so productive. The beauty of working from home is the freedom to wear whatever you want to work and sometimes with little or no thought on the impact it has on your mindset. If you’re dressed for bed, your brain will think it's bedtime, success of any kind requires the opposite of pyjama mode.
Dressing for the occasion has been psychology linked to positively influencing levels of motivation and performance, just like putting on your gym gear motivates you to exercise. Dressing up will subconsciously boost your confidence and make you feel more focused and also appear more professional to your team, especially during virtual meetings.
"Dress how you want to be addressed." - Heels Agency
Working from home calls for extra attention on time management. Whether you’re an employee or freelancer, it is essential you set daily goals as well as a start and finish time each day to maintain your workflow and achieve your goals. Maintaining consistent hours will set work boundaries and help provide a sense of normality throughout all the uncertainty.
Writing a daily to-do list will help keep you focused, motivated and on track throughout the day. Physically ticking each task off your list as it's completed will also give you a sense of achievement. There are also many apps such as 'Monday' which are very effective in helping you and your team stay connected and manage the workflow.
Taking your digital communication to the next level during this isolating period will give you a sense of sanity, unity, and purpose. Regularly communicating with your team via phone or video calls will help keep everyone aligned and striving for the same goal. Applications such as 'Zoom', 'Google Hangouts' and many other digital tools and apps can virtually connect you with anyone at any time, stay connected.
When you're working from home, it's easy to lose sight of work time and me time, this can lead to work overload and exhaustion. Taking regular short breaks between work tasks to make a coffee, feed the dog or anything that takes your mind off work for a moment will help you refocus on what you're working on. Try to also block out at least 30minutes each day to practice some form of self-care such as exercise, reading, meditation or whatever makes you feel good to help maintain a healthy body and mind.
It's the ideal time to virtually connect with people, exchange ideas and gain some new insights or an entirely new perspective. Find a mentor you admire, who will challenge you to expand your knowledge and skills or connect via social platforms such as 'LinkedIn' with like-minded individuals. A great mentor will be one who listens, disagrees, encourages, and helps steer you in the right direction.
"Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas and get you motivated." - Jessica Alba
We are all feeling the effects of Covid-19 in one way or another and it's taking a massive toll on small businesses right across the country. They are the heart of our community and it's imperative we support our local businesses in any way we can if we want to continue enjoying the uniqueness, convenience, and jobs they bring to your area.
Hospitality, beauty, retail and many other sectors have been smashed due to government restrictions. The actions taken to contain the spread of the virus has led to thousands of job losses with many more to come and this will impact a vast number of us. Please support your local community, help keep small businesses in business - buy local.
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." - Ronald Reagan
"If you're hurting, don't be afraid to seek help you need. Speak to someone - it may just change your life." - Demi Lovato
."Change is the law of life. And those who look only on the past are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy
"It's all about finding the calm in the chaos." - Donna Karan