Social distancing is the phrase of the minute right now, but it is hard to define in this day and age. Everyone is being encouraged to quarantine in their home, and for most, this means not going to school or work for a period of a few weeks up to a few months. Having to work from home, whether it is on schoolwork or your vocation. This is something we are all trying to figure out. What are some things you need to have to make it work?
A Positive Mindset
This is not fun for anyone, and both kids and parents are feeling the stress. There will be obstacles you have to learn to overcome because everyone is adjusting to this new way of doing things. Learning will be different. Work will be different. This means you need to go into it with a positive mindset. Be willing to have a little flexibility with your expectations. Don’t expect it to be exactly like it was at home or at school. If you do, you will regret it, because it will not measure up.
A Dedicated Workspace
While you can work from the couch, it is probably not where you are most efficient and focused. Having a dedicated workspace where it is quiet and focused can make it easier to work or learn. Set up an area where you can step away from the noise of the house, even if it is on the back porch (in good weather) or your kitchen table. Don’t work in front of the TV, because this may affect the quality of your work.
Set a Regular Schedule
A schedule can make it feel more like a work or school day. Get up at a regular time, take a shower, and get dressed for the day – every day. This physical act can have a mental impact on you to get your head in the right space. A regular schedule of work, lunch, work, and free time can make your days more organized to allow you to make some progress in school or work.
Online Tools for Work or School
With the Internet, there are so many tools you can use for scheduling, learning, and more. There is no excuse for not keeping life somewhat regular if you have Internet access because the number of tools for both students and employees are many. Many education companies are offering free subscriptions due to the pandemic, so you want to be sure you take the time to see what is provided.
You Don’t Have to Be Isolated Completely
Still another great benefit of the Internet world is the many communities you can be a part of, even if you are physically separated. From educational communities to hobby-based communities to work messaging services, there are many different ways you can connect with colleagues from work, or your kids can connect with their teachers and other students. Be social virtually to help combat the effects of our physical isolation.
Don’t let this time of uncertainty carry over to your work or school life. By making sure you are ready for the day, have the right mindset, have a workspace you can focus in, find online tools you can use, and find ways to connect virtually, you can make this time one you can make it through.
By: Janis Rodgers