How I’m Staying Healthy and Productive During the Pandemic
Five tips to help you with remote work and staying active
Earlier this week, much of the Bay Area was ordered to remain “shelter in place” due to the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the state has self-quarantined, so this means many of us are working remotely for the foreseeable future.
I’d like to share a few tips I’ve implemented to stay productive and healthy under the circumstances.
Take a shower in the morning and change into work
clothes. This may seem like a simple step, but
this mimics your normal workday routine. By jumping in the
shower at your normal time, and changing into normal work
clothes, you can trick your mind into thinking it’s just a
normal day at the office.
Eat a hearty breakfast. Make sure your
belly is satisfied, and you’re hydrated as you begin your work
day. There’s nothing worse than scouring the kitchen for snacks
minutes before your conference call with your supervisor. If
you need a quick fix, try ordering food for delivery to free up
more of your time. Eating healthy contributes to staying
healthy, and there are many simple and easy recipes
Ensure your kids or pets have plenty to
do. Whether you set your kids up with an iPad or
another activity, or give your dog a meaty bone, this is an
important step to maintaining productivity while working at
home. Projects, like those found at KiwiCo, can also provide a useful
distraction for your kids while you get some work done.
Set a work
schedule. 10-minute breaks and hour lunches can
quickly turn into naps on the couch. Be proactive and set a
timer or keep an eye on the clock as you take normal breaks.
Again, nourishing your body during this time is important as it
helps you stay focused and productive. Be sure to stand up and
walk around during these breaks as well. If you’re stuck at
your desk all day, you’re sure to lose focus. UC Davis GSM
Professor Kimberly Elsbach recently discussed the
benefits of walking meetings here.
- Work in a dedicated work area (away from the bedroom). Setting up a desk in a spare bedroom, much like an office, is the best way to maintain productivity and isolate yourself from distractions. If you don’t have an extra room with a door to block out extra noise, the kitchen table will suffice as a makeshift office. Be sure to avoid your main bedroom, as this tends to lead to chores or sleepy habits.
Productivity is part one, but it’s important to stay active as well.
In addition to taking walking breaks, here are a few ideas to burn some calories during your breaks.
- Watch some simple exercises via YouTube. There are some
great, free workouts out there, but you have to make sure you’re
comfortable with the exercises before diving in.
- These exercises could be simple
body squats, stretches, free weight exercises, a few minutes on a
treadmill or stationary bike, or maybe an extended yoga
- Planet Fitness is offering free, in-home workout sessions via Facebook Live. Get moving with their trainers and even some surprise celebrity guests for a 20-minute workout to relieve stress and stay healthy. Sessions are live-streamed daily at 4 p.m. PST.
Lastly, if you’re considering applying for the Fall 2020 UC Davis MBA cohort, you could use this extra time from home to complete your application. For more information, contact the admissions team.