Month: April 2020

Top five resources to get you through COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. As organisations, as teams, as friends, as families and as individuals.

The change has come suddenly. And the situation keeps changing, which is likely to continue.

This has taken a huge toll on many of us in terms of our health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Keeping yourself healthy, fit, active, and mentally well during this time has to be a top priority and many of the normal ways we do this are off-limits for an indeterminable period of time.

We have scoured the internet for the best free, or at least affordable, resources to assist you with boosting your own personal resilience and making this time productive.

Here are the top five resources to get you through COVID 19:

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5 tips for better balance, productivity and stress management when working from home

Achieving balance between our work life, personal life and online life has become harder and harder in recent years. Answer the following two questions (and be honest):

  1. How many hours are you in front of a screen – any type of screen, phones included – in a typical day?
  2. How regularly do your work and personal life mix, especially in the online world?
    For example, how many times a day do you check work emails on your phone at home, outside of work hours, or on weekends? How often do you do a quick scan of Facebook or send a meme to a friend on your computer at work?

To give you an idea, if you have a smart phone and a tv, and you work in an office environment, it’s not unusual for us to hear answers like 10-12 hours a day, with work and personal commitment blurring throughout those times.

There is also ample evidence that those increasingly-blurring lines have a significant negative impact on our productivity, focus, stress levels and mental health.

We are now faced with the reality that most of us will have to work from home, and for an indeterminable amount of time. This has added a layer of complexity. Some common things you may feel at the moment are:

  • A sense of isolation from your team, colleagues, work mates and organisation
  • A lack of achievement, creativity and productivity
  • Inability to focus on work tasks
  • Generally low morale
  • A feeling that you are at work all the time or not at all, which can create frustration and confusion

I’m fortunate enough to have worked as a consultant in education and management for the past 17 years. This means that I’ve had both the luxury and burden of working from home for nearly 2 decades. It means I’ve had plenty of opportunities to get things wrong.

It also means I’ve had plenty of time to learn what works.

Here are 5 tips to help you achieve better balance, productivity and stress management when working from home

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