As the severity of COVID-19 increased, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency staff temporarily relocated to their homes. And a lot of companies have since been implementing similar measures. Allowing us all to connect over a common obstacle — how to work where you’re supposed to unwind.
As our team settles into working from home, they have all found their own unique ways to bring their work-life home. Here are some that may help you too!
Keep A Similar Routine
Your day-to-day life is all out of place right now, so it’s important to keep as many things in order as possible. Waking up at your usual time, getting dressed, and going through your day as normal as possible is one way to keep order.
“Don’t stay in your PJs. It’s tempting to just roll out of bed and log in to my computer, but the transition from home mode to work mode is greater if I get ready properly for my workday, even if that means changing my clothes just to sit at my dining table.” Christine Tibbs, Assistant Director
Create a Dedicated Area + Make it Your Own
Separate business from personal by dedicating a specific spot as your productivity place. But don’t make it boring, spruce it up! Adding a plant, having a snacks section, even setting it up near a window to enjoy some natural light will also make your work day more enjoyable.
“I make my workspace comfortable and enjoyable with my tray of goodies and a peaceful outdoor view.” Alexina Jeannite, Grant Manager
Remember to Stretch
It can be very tempting to just stay in the same stop all day long. But, quickly your body will remind you how often it is used to getting up, going over to talk to a coworker, pour another cup of coffee, or go grab a document from across the room. Set a reminder to get up every once in a while to get the blood pumping!
“A trick to working from home is to take a minute or two to stretch every 1-2 hours. It’s important because we are usually moving around in the office, whereas at home, we tend to stay in one place. It keeps your blood pumping and will help ease your eyes from looking at the computer screen for 9 hours.” – Lui Acosta, Arts Warehouse Assistant
Don’t Forget to Workout
Getting up and moving is important now more than ever. Don’t turn into a couch potato, instead take advantage of the free trials and workouts that are all online now. Your body and brain will thank you!
“Work out at home. There are great online programs out there and many are now offering extended free trial periods. My favorites are Peloton and Nike Training Club.” Renee Jadusingh, Esq., Executive Director
Get Some Fresh Air
You don’t have to be stuck inside an office for the time being, so take advantage of it! Utilize that laptop and explore, but not too much, we’re still social distancing here. Better yet, take a few, quick breaks to give your eyes a rest and avoid cabin fever. If you have a four-legged friend, take them for a nice walk to break up your work.
“Take advantage of being able to bring your computer outside for some fresh air while you work (as you can see, Blake is working from the comfort of his balcony)” Danielle Arfin, Executive Coordinator
“To stay on task and not go crazy, I take breaks throughout the day and go for short walks in my community just to get out. Also, my dog Largo is a big help as he knows exactly when I need to take a break and give belly rubs.” Krista Walker, Contract Manager
This is how our team is currently rising and grinding at-home, we hope one tip or trick resonated with you. Check out the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s Instagram for updates and for some more pictures from our home offices.