The need to find some kind of work-life balance is more prevalent than ever as so many across the country continue to work from home. While remote working is not something our team of social media experts is new to, doing it all day, every day from home is an adjustment to our routines. In a recent Fourge Social team meeting, Social Media Account Manager, Jessica Flagel, educated our group on how she stays organized and what tools she uses to do this. We want to share some of these insights with you in hopes you’ll find one or a few ways to simplify your daily routine regardless of where you are working.
Tips for a successful workweek:
Create and stick to a daily routine. Consistency makes a difference in how your days play out. While working from home with children and families all under one roof, this may not be possible every day. As much as you can, wake up at the same time every day, shower, and get dressed to feel good. This will set the tone for how the rest of your schedule will fall into place.
Start early. If you can convince yourself to become a morning person, getting to work before others rise and shine will give you a jump start. Use the extra hour or two in the morning to clean out and respond to emails or check-off the smaller items on your to-do list that have taken a backseat to more pressing tasks.
Plan your day. As we mentioned before, sticking to a true plan and routine right now may not be feasible for everyone, but do the best you can. At the end of your workday, review your to-do list. Cross off what got done, what needs to still get done soon, and what is a priority for the next day. This will allow you to mentally prepare for what lies ahead when you wake up tomorrow.
Take short breaks. Whether you are in an office or at home, breaks are essential to staying productive. While working from a home “office” give yourself short mental breaks throughout the day. This may be a lunch walk, calling a friend or family member to catch up for 15-minutes, reading a chapter of a book, or just starting a new load of laundry. Try to avoid turning on the TV or jumping from your laptop to your phone. Your brain needs different mental stimulation.
Schedule a call. Have you ever tracked how many hours are spent in your week sending and replying to emails? Before you hit “send” next time, think about why you are sending the recipient that email. Can you get an answer plus more information by having a short phone call and avoid clogging both of your Inboxes?
Tap into your resources. You may be part of a large or small team of talented individuals. If you know that someone on your team has the time and talent to help you brainstorm or assist with a task on your to-do list, ask them for help. After all, we are #allinthistogether.
Organizational and communication tools:
Trello Boards - This program will serve as your virtual to-do list. Trello includes the option to create your own categories for tasks, set up reminders, due dates, and share your tasks with teammates.
Microsoft Teams - There is no “I” in “team” and Microsoft has proved this to be true with how well this app keeps people connected. It offers public or private chat options, a desktop and mobile version, video conferencing technology, and the ability to send and receive files.
Shared Chats within platforms like Messenger and Instagram - We have thousands of apps and resources at our fingertips. Find out how your team or clients gather a majority of their inspiration or news and then set up a system on how you can all share articles, photos, etc. with one another on those platforms.
Good old fashioned pen and paper - There is still something so gratifying about writing down a task and cross it off by hand. By writing something down, it has the potential to stick to your memory better too.
Slack - Some have found that Slack can almost completely eliminate the need for emails. This service is a real-time chat program where users can share information, videos, and chat without the need for multiple other messages being exchanged elsewhere.