Hey, things are crazy right now. While it’s important to stay informed and aware by checking resources from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Johns Hopkins – you also might want some tips and tricks for how to just, well, get through this. We compiled a few things you might find helpful for working from home and social distancing from home.
WORKING AT HOME
Turn on your video but be mindful of where you’re looking. Mute yourself in large meetings. Talk with your team about any new expectations for communication and availability. Schedule your lunch break.
Set up your workstation
Your sanity depends on being able to separate your work and personal life even if they’re both happening from the same room. A dedicated workspace is going to look different for everyone. Take time to set up something functional, comfortable and gives you privacy from your partner/roommate/kids/dog.
Find ways to connect with your immediate team and others across the company. Play Quarantine Bingo. Start a dedicated space on Webex Teams for people to chat casually and send gifs. Schedule virtual coffee chats.
LIVING AT HOME
Check out this workout database that covers all the basic movements for at-home exercise. Or if you’re someone who hates the word database, try free online workouts from Les Mills, CorePower Yoga or the Nike Training Club App. Try a 90-day free trial of the Peloton App for classes in yoga, meditation, strength, running and yes, cycling.
Tips on having digital fun from our resident antisocial expert:
- Read books, like The 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years
- Get new recipe ideas from Serious Eats, Ambitious Kitchen, or Bon Appetit (and while you’re at it, go ahead and watch their entire Gourmet Makes series on YouTube)
- Install the Netflix Party browser extension for Chrome to watch movies with others
- Stream free nightly performances from The Metropolitan Opera
- Explore some of the world’s leading museums and cultural sites via Google Arts & Culture
- Watch live views of animals at the Georgia Aquarium
Go easy on yourself
Our lives are changing minute-by-minute. We are in an unprecedented era. Don’t force yourself to learn new skills in your free time if you don’t want to. Don’t try elaborate new recipes if you just need something that uses ingredients you already have at home. Volunteer remotely or listen to too many podcasts or help your kids during school closures or order from local restaurants on Uber Eats or just do the best you can. We’re all in this together.
STAYING AT HOME
That’s it. Seriously. Stay home.
Best (but could be better),
Your Friends at iVision