Whether this is your first time working remotely from home, or you already had a home workspace ready to go, there are a number of challenges you may face with the sudden adjustment. Below, campus recreation professionals share their best tips and advice to help you succeed during this unsure time.
If you have a partner or roommate who has also been thrust into a remote work from home situation, talk things out – establish healthy boundaries and acknowledge this is a new situation for each of you.
If you are a parent and children will also be at home with you, consciously allow yourself extended time with them.
Assist with homework.
Take lunch and breaks with one another.
Laugh and accept this added time with loved ones as a gift and not a disruption.
Practice gratitude: Studies show when you support or assist another person, the person doing the helping receives an equally positive feeling with a profound sense of value.
Make sure to take breaks and an official lunch break away from your computer.
Coffee Hour WebEx with your team. Don’t talk about work, just connect with everyone personally to see how each person is doing.
If you need a mental health day, take a leave/sick day and do not answer any emails.
If you’re working from home and you don’t have a home office to close the door and walk away, throw a sheet over your workstation so you don’t see your computer and get reminded of the difficult times we are facing right now.
Play online virtual games/activities with your colleagues and even family members from around the country.
Shift your focus each morning to only what needs to be accomplished today.
Ask the questions:
Who are you able to assist?
Who are you responsible for?
What are you able to accomplish for your department and community with your current setup?
When are your wellness breaks?
What are you doing to keep yourself well?
Use your time management skills and previous experiences to allocate approximate time to the tasks you need completed.
If your day looks feasible on paper, you are likely to enjoy this “stress-relief” moment and relax as you get things moving.
If your day looks overwhelming, it’s best to consider adjusting what you can as soon as possible. Use your personal wellness as your guide.
John Sweeney, the director of Recreational Sports at Marquette University, on how his campus is connecting with students virtually:
Our fitness director has been sending out weekly, or more, workout routines for at home workouts, as well as tips on how to deal with stress, isolation and other issues that might be happening now due to the ‘stay at home’ orders.
The campus community is updated almost daily from university leaders with whatever issues are on the table day to day. The Office of Communication and Marketing sends out the updates via the Marquette Today, an electronic newsletter.
Our Campus Ministry department has been streaming online masses every few days, available to the overall Marquette Community. These have been a real source of comfort and strength to those that have joined in.
To find educational webinars, articles, and more to help you and your staff during the coronavirus pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.
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