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Making The Best of Working At Home

Liz Dubelman

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In these uncertain times, many of us have decided to work at home. I want to share with you a few tips I've learned to make the best of my home office.

1) Get dressed. Here's my confession. I do get up and get dressed, but when working at home I skip the make-up and the heels.

2) Have a place to work. That means not in bed or on the sofa (as tempting as that may seem).

3) Keep to a schedule. There's a time to work and a time to relax.

4) Find an accountability buddy. Check-in with your colleague or friend at the beginning and end of the day. I've found this to be the most helpful thing I've learned.

5) Have a plan and share it with your team. It will help them and you.

6) Use digital tools to communicate with your team. Don't just email. Remember everyone works differently.

7) Limit distractions. I think of this as a mindfulness exercise. What am I avoiding by checking social media rather than writing?

8) Learn something new. WITI offers many webinars and online coaching circles.

9) Take breaks. Go for a walk. Call a friend. Write in your journal. Don't just stare at the screen all day.

10) Treat yourself well. This is a hard adjustment. Turn off the news and listen to a song. You can always turn the news back on. It's 24/7.

We're all getting used to the reality of current times, but WITI is there for you as a professional organization. I would love to hear your thoughts about how your work has changed since the pandemic. My email is liz@witi.com.

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