In the interest of Tip #1, keeping it brief:
- Don’t go down internet rabbit holes. Before you know it, one article leads to the next, which leads to hyperventilation. It’s best if you can really try to safeguard your work time and energy for focusing on getting through your to-do list, and separate out your news and social feed for non-work hours. If you do go online, try to keep it brief and intentional, rather than spiraling through all sorts of content.
- Make a daily plan. More than ever, as the saying goes, failing to plan = planning to fail. With work needs, and family, and calls from friends, most of us have more on our plates than ever before. Whether you make a plan the night before, or early in the morning, you’ll likely feel much better about your work if you can be proactive vs reactive.
- Manage your work space for success. If you’re working from home (aka the new “open office”), try to keep one dedicated space for just you and your work. It could be a corner of the kitchen table, or even a specific box you keep your work things in that moves with you, but if you lose your work materials, you risk losing your mind. Your “office” now likely looks different than it did, but it’s important to still keep some semblance of your own, dedicated, work space.
- Send one email or text per day to a current or former coworker, checking in and saying hello. This serves three purposes – it helps you know you’re not alone; it cultivates your network should you need to make a career move; and it gives other people a sense of community that’s really, really needed right now. The note doesn’t have to be long, but an “I’m thinking of you” note goes a long way.
- Take care of yourself (put your own “oxygen mask” on first). Even if you’re managing work and family needs with limited time, you’ll fare best if you can take deep breaths; water breaks; chair stretches; brief outdoor sessions; lunch breaks. Perhaps you can work out with your family a “walk to work” routine that involves walking around the block before you sit down to your computer. Or, if you do still need to go to work, you can use the commute time for mindful breathing and getting as much fresh air as possible.
These days are likely some of the most stressful work situations we’ll all face, and these simple – but important – reminders can help keep your work stress from adding to the stress that’s in your personal life right now.
Wishing you peace and health,