Here are a few spokespuppet’s tips for working from home!
Since I’m in the furniture business, I feel like I work from home every day. Here are some tips to help you get set up in your own home.
Start the day off right!
My spokespuppet to-do list probably looks nothing like yours.
One thing I can tell you though, is start the day by doing what you can to have a good outlook. Get up at a good hour – the longer daylight should help! Do some exercises to make you feel alert. Have a hot shower to clear the cobwebs. Make some coffee or tea. Then you can hit the to-do list.
Hope that your internet will hold up and that the biggest hiccup might be your kid challenging you to a game of Mario Kart!
Above all – remember that a little laughter can go a long way during uncertain and stressful times!
Set up for success!
Your home is probably organized for homey activities, like eating, sleeping, reading, watching TV – not for hunkering down on the computer.
So here’s some advice from a furniture expert…
Scrunching up in a ball with a laptop isn’t ideal. If your place is big enough, try to set up a dedicated work area. Even taking over one end of the dining room table can be a good option. Remember that you want to keep your body aligned at right angles if possible. Your forearms should be level with the ground. Your eyes should be looking straight ahead at the computer screen.
Pick a comfortable seat and try to keep your back straight to help with potential strain and stress. I’m made of wood, but you’re not. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you’re comfy all day long!
Are the kids all right?
If you have young ones who are close to my height stuck at home, you’ll want to make sure they’re doing well too. Try to give them some activities to do during the day (rather than simply let them binge-play Fortnite). Maybe even use a fishbowl of activities for them to pull from – each one lasting up to an hour (which is the maximum attention span of a typical kid). Here are some ideas:
Maintain contact in spite of distance!
Being a spokespuppet means that I love people. And I know how important it is to remain connected. Be open to video chatting and sending jokes to your friends, family, and co-workers throughout the day. If you find a good article to read or a funny video to watch that makes you think of someone, send it on. Even though we have to maintain social distance, we can still build our connections with each other to keep our spirits up.
Say goodbye to the day!
Just because you can’t go out doesn’t mean you can’t unwind at the end of the day.
Many gyms are offering streaming workouts that you can do from your own home. Yoga studios are offering virtual classes so you can find some calm during these anxious times.
And when night comes, nestle into a comfy bed (perhaps one of my Bob-O-Pedics?) to get a good night’s sleep!