I wanted to check on all of you and see how you're doing with the quarantine situation. My heart and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the coronavirus or know someone who has been infected.
In my area, all non-essential businesses are closed. All schools are closed, and the roads are like ghost towns.
Getting Over the Challenges of Working Remotely
I know a lot of people are working remotely. I usually do it when I have freelance writing projects, so I wanted to share a few tips.
First off, when you're working from home, you might have times when no one will understand that you're working lol. They will want to come in and talk like you're not on the clock. If you have kids, most times they will not understand the concept of you being home and not fully accessible to them.
One thing that worked for me was to set time frames and let everyone know the time I clock in and out. This can establish boundaries so you don't get interrupted as much. I used to do a countdown with my nieces and nephews. I would tell them 20 more minutes or say, "When the clock says... I will be done." I would plan projects to do with them when I was finished working like making slime or watching a show (smile).
Another challenge is loneliness. Under normal circumstances, you would be able to go to a coffee shop, co-working space, or library to get some work done. But because many of us are under quarantine, it's more important to connect with your friends and family digitally. Try doing video chats and using social media to connect with your friends and loved ones. Plus, you can always call them!
Also, don't forget to take your breaks! They make a big difference, especially if you're sitting in one spot for hours. If you can, break up the day.
Working with Free Time
I know that many of you are working remotely, but there are also some of us who have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic. I know firsthand what it's like to be unemployed, and it is not a great feeling at all. The good news is that you can use this time to learn new skills. There are a lot of websites that provide free training and certifications. For example, I like tech coding. My favorite FREE website is Codecademy, and this is NOT SPONSORED by the way. You can learn the basics of coding. I also suggest searching Groupon to find deals on reputable sites that provide online training and certifications. That's what I did, and I was very happy with being able to work at my own pace in creating the course.
This is also a great time to get started on any new and creative ideas. Maybe, start an online business. Lastly, take this time to do things you love like reading, watching your favorite shows, and praying!
I have many more tips to share, but that is all for now! Leave a comment below and let me know if you would like more tips!
Let's chat! Let me know how you're doing. Are you still working? If so, are you doing so remotely? If you stopped, how are you spending your time? How are you feeling?
For more information on the coronavirus (Covid-19), please check out the CDC's official website!