While many companies transition to a “work from home” plan in support of social distancing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, here’s a few pointers from those who work this way each day (myself included). As things remain uncertain around the timeline of isolation, I’m a firm believer your productivity doesn’t have to go out the window.

Comfortable, Functional Workspace

Dedicate a portion of your home to solely work use. Ensure good lighting, a supportive seat, and minimal distractions. Make sure it’s not too hot or too cold in the room and your cell phone has good reception (basements are notorious for a poor signal). Allow yourself a break every two hours to walk around, grab a coffee/tea, or stretch your muscles.

Structure / Routine

Have a plan for yourself to be as productive as possible. Before your day starts, target two major accomplishments you aim to complete that day, and five weekly goals you’ll continuously track that week. If you have a pet that requires a walk, take a 15-minute break halfway through your day at the same time so it is built into your schedule and becomes anticipated by the pet. It can also be a nice decompression time for you to get outdoors and come back refreshed.

Exercise Before or After Your Workday

With gym facilities closed, fitness isn’t as easy as before, but by no means impossible. I’ve come across a few affordable apps and options that can help you remain active – ultimately maintaining your mental and physical wellness. A few examples:

  • 30 Day Workout Challenge: Available on the Apple App Store
    • Each challenge has 3 difficulty levels, from beginner to pro –allowing users to find the workout that’s best for their level of experience. Begin your 30-day challenge and you may find that your emotional and intellectual fitness improve along with your physical.
  • Take a walk/run outside
    • Many people find that being outside is an extremely refreshing way to get your steps in.

Stay Connected without Social Media

Remain an engaged member of your office team by calling your colleagues with questions or concerns, rather than flooding their inboxes with emails. Stay connected via means other than social media channels – you can easily lose track of time while scrolling social feeds. Try to leave social media for after your working hours if you can. If you manage your team’s social media accounts or are in a business development capacity where these outlets help generate business, set limitations so you can be as productive as possible while using them.

Point blank: isolation doesn’t have to be isolating if you don’t want it to be. With all the virtual options available for communication, there are plenty of safe and effective options to keep your business moving.