March 2021 marks one year since… well… March 2020. A year ago, the world was disrupted by COVID-19 and many of us had to rethink how we work. We had to come up with creative ways for work and life to coexist. Here at Contact, we have a good mix of people who have adjusted to Work-From-Home life over the last year as well as many who have worked remotely for years. Here are some of our tips on how to make the most of working from home and maintain your sanity all at the same time.
Zack Schanz, Director of Project Management
“Focus on the benefits of a lack of commuting and not the negatives of feeling cooped up. Try to physically separate your work area from the rest of your life to the best of your ability so you can spend time working when you want/need to and get away from work at other times.”
James Whitehead, Associate Director of Digital Forensics
“We setup a lunch counter in our basement bar. We make sure to actually take a short walk around the house to the lunch counter once a week.”
Krista Mayer, Senior Director of Business Development
“Prioritize your work day and give yourself time to decompress- go for a walk, talk to a friend or coworker.”
Scott Keeble, Director of eDiscovery Operations
“Get a stand up desk and a Sonos speaker!”
Safira, Accounting & HR Manager
“Keep your work space zen-like. Have a good playlist, coffee, and diffuse lavender at all times.”
Justin, eDiscovery Data Engineer
“Working from home all day makes me feel cooped up. I like to go out and hit the gym or grab a bite to eat after my work day!”
Anne, Digital Brand Specialist
“Make time to eat well, exercise, and sleep. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have time for breaks when there’s a lot of work to do, but you can’t live off of iced coffee and protein bars. Believe me, I’ve tried.”
Sam, Senior Project Manager
“I have been working from home for 5 years now, so as a pro… here are a few tips.
- Set a routine (I walk my dog in the morning, stretch a little, and try to have my coffee before I get online.)
- Try to avoid working from the couch! It’s bad for your neck and back.
- Set up a workstation to help you get in the zone! It’s hard to do that from your couch or bed. You also need to get out of the zone and take mental breaks even if your workstation is 10 feet away, close that door!
- Change our of your pajamas! I’m not saying change into a suit, but I change out of my pajamas into another pair of sweats and it helps!
- Take a scheduled 10-15 minute walk outside (weather permitted). Usually I take my dog on a walk to grab my afternoon coffee! (physical exercise and supporting local businesses all in one!)”
Mike, Associate Director of Project Management
“Set boundaries and try to follow a routine. Personal time should be considered a requirement not a luxury.”
Sean, Lead Software Architect
“Make time to call friends and family and for mental and physical activities other than arm curls from beer mugs, wine goblets, and shot glasses. e.g. weight training, running, board games, reading non-technical material, and just doing nothing for a while, etc.; however, I am still doing arm curls, I need to practice more of what I suggest.”
Tyler, eDiscovery Data Engineer
“Be sure to take a couple of minutes here and there to stand up and move around, it’s easy to feel cramped.”
Anthony, Lead eDiscovery Data Engineer
“Buy a stand up desk and get dressed for work like you’re going into a professional setting. Nothing kills motivation like a pair of sweatpants.”
Scott, Chief Operating Officer
“Find a place away from your kids. Stay away from the kitchen. Take breaks.”
Dave, Chief Executive Officer
“Find your space and use it for work. Don’t try to operate at the kitchen table or have fun time in your office. By commuting ‘to work’ inside your house my family and I are able to achieve a sense of “work normal” that you never realized you actually miss.”
Ashleigh, Director of Business Development
“Plan out your week. Set up a schedule and take breaks.”
Shayna, Director of Business Development
“My coping mechanisms? Pants with elastic waistbands and gardening.”
Rich, Chief Business Officer
“Get ready like you’re leaving the house, have a schedule, and know when you’re done for the day.”