Responding to COVID-19
UPDATES AND INFORMATION FROM KYRA AS WE MOVE FORWARD AMIDST COVID-19
COVID-19 Information Resources
Here are a few useful links for keeping current with news and information about COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns that we might be able help with, please contact us at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarantine Silver Linings
Maintaining a positive outlook each day is beneficial for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Here are some links to help you stay positive during this time.
- Make The Most Of Quarantine. Here Are 20 Ways To Beat Coronavirus Isolation
By Emily Fields Joffrion • Mar 20, 2020 • Forbes
- Penguin cams go viral as aquariums and zoos turn to livestreams
By Francesca Gariano • Mar 21, 2020 • Today
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
By Andrea Romano • Mar 13, 2020 • Parents
- Easy exercises you can do at your desk during coronavirus pandemic
By Zoë Ettinger • Mar 23, 2020 • Insider
Tips for working remotely
Working remotely is similar in many ways to working from the office, but there are differences that can lower your productivity significantly if you don’t pay attention. Here are several tips that will help you maintain focus in the event that you find yourself working from home in the coming days.
Add some structure
When working from home, it is helpful to keep more structure to your day than usual. This is due primarily to the fact that there are many more potential distractions when working remotely. If you plan your week in advance and focus your attention on your daily to-do list, you are more likely to maintain a higher level of productivity.
Make a list
Creating an actual task list, either on paper or in an app, will also enable you to prioritize your work, and it is recommended that you deal with tasks that take less time first. This will give you an early sense of accomplishment and help set a productive tone to your day. As a bonus, the act of simply checking something off your list will give you a tiny dose of mood-lifting dopamine!
Delineate the hours
Another recommendation is to shift items that require more concentration, creativity, or general brainpower to the morning when you are feeling more fresh and attentive. If you’re afforded the freedom to delineate, let the first half of your day involve dealing with challenges or more rigorous thinking, and let the afternoons involve more repetitive tasks or functions that require less analysis.
Create a rhythm
Staying on task can be tough, but it is also possible to wear yourself thin by not taking breaks. One helpful technique that adds a rhythm to your work is Pomodoro, a simple technique in which you work continuously for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After 4 rounds (about 2 hours), take a longer break using your time to rest or be productive in different ways like taking a short walk.
Stay on task
Some tasks, especially those that involve getting into a flow, need to be protected against derailment and distraction. As important as communication is, when you begin a task that requires deep concentration, find ways to prevent non-essential disruption from email and messaging, both on your computer and on your smartphone.
Working remotely can feel isolating. Remember to regularly connect with your team members on current tasks and projects. Zoom is a useful video conferencing tool with functionalities that allow for group collaboration and screen sharing. Having webcams turned on so everyone’s face is shown encourages participation and candid meeting styles.
Maintain a separation
Finally, it is important to create a clear separation between work and home. This can be one of the most challenging aspects of remote life. With your computer always within easy access, be careful to “log off” when you have completed your day. Other simple ideas worth considering are “commuting” to your home office by taking a walk and dressing as you would for the office.