Adjusting to changing schedules, expectations and preparing for a new “normal” is tricky. Saying that, it’s not impossible and doesn’t need to cause stress. Here at ZEGO, we’ve always had a virtual office, so we’ve been doing this for awhile. We’re here to set you up for success with a few tips for working from home that we’ve found helpful!
Stick to a routine.
Scheduling time for each item on your to-do list creates a sense of order and direction for your day. Establishing a schedule or timeline for yourself may also help your concentration and in turn, your productivity! With children and other family members at home during this time too, encourage everyone to establish a routine for school and work. Studies show that positive routines in adolescence support those later on for work and home life.
Build in social time.
Sure, there’s some social interaction at home, but it likely looks different than what you’re used to at the office. These interactions “facilitate cooperation and closeness” explains a doctor from Durham University. Connect with your co-workers via video chat over the lunch hour or arrange a virtual happy hour with your friends after the work day is over!
Communicating via Zoom calls? Sometimes the video is important, sometimes it isn’t, and sometimes it’s a problem. Use the ‘audio only’ function for calls when you have to multi-task! You don’t have to have your video on. If you feel awkward telling people why you are going off video, just tell everyone your internet is unstable so you need to take the video off.
Tend to be the last person who gets on video calls due to technical difficulties? Set an alarm to sign on 10 minutes early. This will give you time to figure out your tech glitches and is respectful to the other meeting attendees.
Are work text messages getting lost in messages from groups of friends? Move the friend group chat to Whatsapp. Those texts from friends are always fun, but quite distracting, and they can end up burying important messages from colleagues.
Nourish your mind and body.
Taking care of your mind and taking care of your body are equally important. While you’re at home, nourishing both your mind and body can start with your first meal of the day! A balanced breakfast provides you with energy to accomplish the items on your to-do list and nutrients that support your cells’ function. Check out our collection of recipes using ZEGO products and get your favorite allergy-safe, nutrient dense food delivered right to your door!
Create a designated workspace.
Having a space within your home that’s for work and work only is a simple way to separate daily at home tasks from your inbox and list of deliverables. This work space doesn’t need to be fancy or completely secluded from those in your home, but should serve as a place for you to go for uninterrupted, focused work time. The same way you create this space for your professional work, children at home doing distance learning should have a space, too!
In addition to a designated work space, set up a “break area” in your home. This limits the noise in the kitchen and overwhelming amounts of questions from your children about what they can snack on. We like labeling snacks for the week, like our Mix-Ins, so it’s clear whose are whose and how many days you want them to make them last.
It’s important to acknowledge that we each have a unique way of working and feeling successful in what we do. Let us know what you’ve tried at your house and if there are any other tips that may be beneficial for others. We’re in this together and are excited to deepen our connection with all of you, ZEGO friends!
Colleen Kavanagh is the founder and CEO of ZEGO. ZEGO is the first purity-transparent food company, making superfood products with traceable transparency designed to be safe for most all people to eat regardless of dietary restrictions like common allergies, intolerances or diabetes. ZEGO makes oats, muesli, protein powder, Mix-ins and nutrition bars. All products are gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free, soy free, sesame free, glyphosate free, lupin free, and sulfite free. ZEGO is certified as a B Corp and as Women Owned (WBENC).
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