Homebound Help and Technology Tips

Many of us are beginning to return to our physical work offices. Here are some tips on helping make the transition as painless as possible:

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
One of the most eye-opening things about leaving the comforts of your home office is that the at-home conveniences you’re used to, like having a coffee pot within arm’s reach and wearing sweats all day, are no longer feasible. Things like bringing a small plant or stocking your desk with your favorite teas or snacks can help you feel a little more at home.

STICK TO A ROUTINE
Every remote employee has a routine, it’s a necessary structure in an otherwise totally unstructured setting. Trying to stick to some of the familiar routines you’re used to will help you be as productive as possible.

BE TRANSPARENT
Being productive when you’re working remotely pretty much demands constant and proactive communication with your team members – they can’t drop by and ask questions, so every email or virtual meeting needs to be perfectly detailed and clear. When you return to the office, it can be tempting to assume that everyone is on the same page.  Maintaining the detailed communication that you’re used to helps prevent misunderstanding and builds trust among your team.

BRANCH OUT, WITHIN REASON
One of the biggest shifts when returning to an office setting is going from total or semi-total isolation to an office with activity and chatter. While that can be a welcome change, it can also be tough to keep up the same level of productivity.  Try blocking out a specific time to connect and collaborate with colleagues. This will allow you to focus on your work and put you in control of a situation that could otherwise feel overwhelming.

With a little practice and patience you can find success and not be overwhelmed when returning to the office from remote working.

“The only way to get through a difficult time is to grind through each day doing the things you have to do whether you want to or not.” Melissa Cresson, Partner, Baton Rouge

Grit and Grace During the Pandemic by Melissa Cresson, is part of a 10 week LinkedIn leadership series called “Thought Leadership From the Pros.”

Read more here.

It’s perfectly normal to feel stressed during these times, but taking time to step away and focus on yourself can help ease these feelings. Here are some tips:

TAKE A WALK
If you’re stuck in your house, take time to take a walk or do low impact forms of exercise. Any type of movement helps boost the immune system and is a great way to manage anxiety and stress. Have a conference call? Take it while walking outside, or around your house.

MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY
Make an effort to do projects that make you happy. Read, write, paint, organize, meditate – whatever you enjoy. Doing something you enjoy for as little as 15 – 30 minutes can change your mindset during the day.

ORGANIZE
Need to restructure your work goals or to-do-list? Take a few minutes to get yourself organized. It will help you feel even more productive.

BE AWARE
Take 5-minutes to focus on the present and be aware. It will help reset your mind and perspective. You can do this with meditation, sitting outside, turning off internet noise, social media, and the news – anything that will help you relax and clear your mind.

FINISH
Having trouble finishing that work project? Take 5-minutes to go outside and look at the trees or close your eyes and listen to nature. Lie down on a couch in complete silence. It could help you gain a new approach to a previous work-related obstacle.

TURN OFF THE NOISE
Take breaks from everyday noise, including the news. It is hard to avoid what’s going on around us, and it can cause you to be overwhelmed. When you remove yourself from the noise, you are removing yourself from the negative effects this can cause. Do something that makes you feel good. Plan a dinner for your family, or make that “bucket-list” you have been thinking about!

It’s normal to feel stressed during these trying days, but taking time to step away and focus on yourself can help ease negative feelings.