So, I originally planned on making a video for this, but couldn't find the time for it. But here are my tips for all of you who have been suddenly thrust into the world of remote work and online classes.
Believe it or not, I really prefer remote work, so much so that I hope I never have to work in an office again. It has its drawbacks, but for me those are nothing compared to the benefits.
Also, I don't have kids. The best tips I have are from my days teaching English in Spain. There are loads of educational and entertaining videos on Youtube. I also really liked a website called GoNoodle to get my students (ages 5-10) moving.
Training tips are next.
Quarantine Adaptation Part 1: Work
1. Get dressed the same as you would for work (maybe dressed down a bit). The important thing is to not stay in your PJs because, as another translator friend of mine put it, "That is a slippery slope." You're still working, dress for the occasion.
2. Morning routine(s). Start your day the same way, every day. I strongly recommend light physical activity and getting some sunlight. I do 5 minutes of yoga and a 20-minute jog. The sunlight wakes me up and the jogging gets my blood flowing.
3. Write out your to-do list, on paper if possible. Discipline at the office is often easier than discipline at home. So you need to have a clear view of what you need to do.
4. Have a dedicated workspace. In my apartment, I work at my desk. But I use my computer for things unrelated to work. I do not do those things at the desk. I'll take my computer to the couch, the kitchen, my armchair. But not the desk. This physical separation creates a clean mental division that helps me focus.
5. Your phone. I recommend downloading the app Forest. You set a timer (5 minutes to 2 hours) and you cannot use your phone during that period. If you do use your phone, you "kill" the tree that's growing. Over time you get to see your focused time with the forest that you "plant." I prefer this to turning off my phone because I like to measure my focus.
6. Measure your productivity. The toggl time tracking desktop app is super helpful for me to see the time I spend on my tasks and identify wasted periods. As the saying goes, "What gets measured gets managed."