A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about working from home. At the time, I thought it would be beneficial for people to know more about C3’s process and how we make working from home, work from us. With the recent Covid-19 aka Coronavirus events, the majority of companies are mandating that their employees work from home to help practice social distancing and do their part to help resolve this pandemic. So, we felt that now is a great time to revisit my previous blog, and let you know some of our tips and tricks that allow you to focus and be as productive as possible.

  1. Communicate Effectively

With just about everyone out of the office, we have to be extremely intentional about making sure we are staying on top of not only communicating with our co-workers, but our clients and customers. We have to make sure that communication doesn’t go away so for us, programs such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Outlook have become our greatest tools to utilize. Make sure you are operating on the cloud – whether that’s Dropbox or another platform. Not all files can be sent via email or slack, so making sure you are operating in the cloud will ensure that everyone is on the same page and has access to everything they need to do their job effectively. When working remotely, you have to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks and making sure you are communicating with your team will make sure that you’re on top of it all.

  1. Minimize Distractions

Stay in your routine. Prepare like you are going into the office. Unplug your TV.  Block certain distracting websites in your browser (Hello Facebook and YouTube). Find a workspace in your home or apartment that will allow you to focus on what you have in front of you. Push yourself to limit your “mental breaks” or “long lunches” to a minimum. It’s so easy to get distracted by anything and everything in your home. We are so used to our homes being a place of rest and relaxation, that sometimes we have trouble getting into a “work” mindset. But, if we truly challenge ourselves to limit our distractions and our breaks, we can find our flow, and get all the work in front of us finished.

  1. Take Mental Breaks Strategically

We will still need those mental breaks throughout the day. Everyone does. People aren’t wired to be able to work for 8 hours straight. But you need to be strategic about when you do take your breaks. If you were at the office, would you really go lay down on your bed for an hour? Probably not. So, don’t do that until your work is finished. But going for a walk or taking a 30-45-minute break to have lunch or watch a little bit of TV to rest your mind is normal and good for you!  It’ll help you reset and allow you to go full force when you’re done.  Just don’t spend more than your allocated time to take you away from your work responsibilities.

  1. Trust Yourself and Your Co-Workers

For C3 Media, this isn’t an issue. Due to our systems, we know that our team is working to get our jobs completed.   I know I can trust the quality level and the work ethic of my co-workers, and of myself. But for so many of you, this is new. You have to trust yourself, your habits, and your coworkers and their habits that they’ll get their job done.  And if this is new, don’t be afraid to check in with people or test them to their availability and responsiveness.  You’ll know if they are focused.  And trust me, they’ll know too.

Now is a crazy time.  None of us probably thought something like this would happen, but it did.  And now, we have to take these changes in stride. We have to learn to overcome and adapt to these situations. We cannot slow down.  If anything, we have to ramp up, and work even harder in this time than before.  When our clients need us, we are here.  And when they might not need us, we are still checking in to make sure they are ok.  The only difference for us, is that our team is working in the comfort of our own homes.