It’s important to be transparent with your supervisor when it comes to your availability. Be clear with your best times for accomplishing work tasks or your availability for meetings. This will help reduce the frustration of unmet deadlines and/or expectations between managers and employees.
Find a way to stay connected with your team. It’s easy to get buried in a black hole of work and forget about the world around us. Take some time to share goals and successes from the week. Don’t forget about the water cooler talk, everyone needs a break from the daily grind. Create a space where your team can come for a laugh or just some adult interaction. Some good apps for internal messaging are Slack, Teams, etc.
Video chats are no longer a thing of the future but the reality of today. Although it may be difficult to meet in person it’s important to still be able to meet face to face (or shall we say screen to screen) whether with a team member or client. Being able to see facial expressions and read emotions is key to staying connected and communicating successfully.
Write out a work schedule. Include a start time, breaks, lunch time and end time. Set an expectation and plan for yourself and how you plan to accomplish your tasks. · Although you may not be able to stick to your schedule down to the minute, flexibility will still be necessary, it helps to have a plan of attack.
Designate a place where you can setup a workspace. It’s important to keep the places used for family dinner or relaxing & binge-watching Netflix separate from where you work. This creates a mental cue that tells you it’s play time or it’s get into work mode.
With a workspace constantly in sight and the ding of incoming emails in your ear it’s hard to draw a line between your workday and leisure time to rest and rejuvenate. It might help to set an alarm to close your computer and even turn off notifications on your mobile device at the end of the day. However that works best for you, a mental break is necessary for quality output and to prevent burnout.