Healthy Work from Home Habits to Start Now

Thank you to everyone who attended our second #AskIMPACT session, ‘Healthy Work from Home Habits to Start Now’ hosted by Kathryn Smith.

If you were unable to attend, we have included some key takeaways below.

Key Learnings from the Session

  • Set clear boundaries for when you start and finish work. Be consistent and stick to the set timing and avoid working outside of those hours. When you have a particularly busy week, book some time off.
  • Remember to incorporate small, easy-to-manage healthy habits throughout the day. Examples could be: drink more water, sit on a yoga ball, take a multi-vitamin, have healthy snacks ready, run lunchtime yoga sessions for your team.
  • Don’t feel pressured to be ‘on-screen’ the whole day. Call your client if you need to check-in, turn off your camera on occasion, send a text or email if you have a question for a team member, or take a call and go for a walk at the same time.
  • Minimize distractions by creating an office space that allows you to focus. Include a vision board in your office and post what you want to accomplish in that day.
  • Try not to drown yourself with negative thoughts. Start your day with 10 minutes of meditation to calm your mind, focus on the day ahead, and improve your energy levels. Take time to notice the positives that have come from working from home.
  • Communicate regularly with your team and work together on major priorities. Assign the right team members to tasks to help you execute. Remember you don’t need to do everything on your own.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you’re only able to accomplish 3 out of the 5 things you wanted to complete in that day, reward yourself for what you’ve accomplished, and prioritize the other 2 for the next day.
  • Know when to say no. You don’t need to be in every meeting or be involved in every project. If it doesn’t align with your job focus, don’t make it a priority.
  • Schedule think-time for yourself. Keep 30min holds in your calendar throughout the day. Instead of immediately reacting, take a pause and think about the best course of action so you can effectively plan out what you need to do.
  • Wrap up your day with a list of to-dos for the next day. It will help you mentally close your workday and ensure you are more organized and focused the next day.

Our Next #AskIMPACT Session:

Host: Jennifer Card, M.Sc. Impact Coach and our expert in Leadership Psychology

When: Monday, May 4, 2020 – 12 pm (EST)

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