Boy, oh boy, has this week been something. My team went fully remote, and it’s been an added adjustment on the long list of adjustments I’ve been met with this month.
To start us off, I want to share 3 tips and tricks for remote work that have helped me draw the line between business and everything else.
1. Move your work station if you can
I only have one place to work in the room I’m renting. One desk where I spend 8 or more hours hunched in front of. I didn’t think this was a problem, but a few fellow Praxians reminded me how important it is to signal to your mind and body that work is over in some way.
What I’ve been doing is moving my laptop onto my chair and moving the chair over to the bed, where I can do all of my end of the day catch up and Netflix-ing without the “Remote Work Twitch” that has developed.
2. Music cues
Towards the end of my day, I’ll put on a particular Spotify playlist that helps me to start thinking about unplugging from the day’s projects. I chose this one because it’s calming and makes me feel like the protagonist of a Ghibli film.
Audio triggers are a simple but effective way to form routines.
3. Getting dressed/r
I don’t mean for an actual in-office workday. What I’ve been doing is changing shirts or jackets (I like to work in a sweater or hoodie) and making sure that I’ve washed my face. It reminds me that I’m not stuck in one default uniform like a video game character from the ’90s.
Regarding my actual job
I’m enjoying learning more about how Lessonbee works, and I feel like I’m getting a grip on what my focus needs to be on. We’re offering free use of the platform to the districts that have been shut down; it’s a delicate time for everyone right now. A bit of a silver lining amid all this gloom is the exposure LB is getting.
Also, one of my co-workers has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is in quarantine so I have been praying for them to make a full recovery.
In other news
I’ve successfully been rationing my groceries. I got my first care package from my mama the other day and I am now equipped with the dishes that didn’t fit in my suitcase. This means I can bust open the instant oats I haven’t had a container for and go extra wild in the mornings. (Honestly though; oatmeal is saving my life right now.)
I’m gearing up to experiment with grocery delivery options. I’ve never used anything like that before so it’s a bit overwhelming, especially with how much those services are in demand right now.
Tune in next week to find out if I worked up the courage or decided to starve. (I’m kidding.)