10. Don’t Waste That Commute Time.
One of the most immediate benefits of working remotely is the lack of commute. Suddenly we have an extra hour (or more) in our day to allocate elsewhere. Amazing.
But our commutes often perform an underappreciated function – they give us space to pause, reflect, and decompress. They signal to our bodies and minds to relax, because we’re done for the day. For many of us, we use that time to call loved ones, listen to music, or expand our minds with podcasts or audio books.
It’s important to continue to block time for this purpose – giving yourself space – even if we’re not doing exactly the same thing (and even if we aren’t on the road).
11. Don’t Mindlessly Consume News or Spend too Much Time on Social Media.
Our media diet is so important during this crisis.
There is only so much we can control in a situation like this, and staying glued to cable news will only stoke our fears. There is very little actionable information, and much bias and misinformation (especially on social media).
Of course, we do need timely, relevant information on the crisis. For health information, stick to verified sources like the CDC and WHO. For general news, try only checking in once at the end of the day (maybe the morning too), and stick to less biased sources (i.e., not cable news or social media).
I also believe that most people will return to our offices with a renewed appreciation of our workplaces, and the human connection that happens within them. Until then, it is our duty as leaders to recreate those connections digitally, while our teams are dispersed.
Sean Kelly, co-founder and CEO of SnackNation
Three-time Inc. 500 listed entrepreneur and CEO of SnackNation, the country’s leading provider of better-for-you snacks, coffee, and other workplace essentials for the office and remote teams. It serves more than 5,000 Member offices in all 50 states.