Feb 4

Staying Productive on Snow Days

A picture looking out a window into a snowy backyard with a red barn in the distance and plants on the window sill in the foreground

If you’re a Michigander, there’s a good chance you were snowed in at least one day last week

With record low temperatures, whiteout conditions and icy roads, it’s no surprise that many folks, including the Sabo PR team, opted to stay at home rather than venture out.

Thankfully, our profession allows us flexibility and technology to confidently operate from home. Because we invest in cloud computing, we are able to access documents on our server anywhere, anytime. As long as you have reliable internet service, cell phone signal and access to the cloud, you’re good to go – or rather stay put.

Sabo PR works hard to never miss a beat, no matter the situation. However, when one snow day became three or four snow days in a row, staying on task can be a challenge. When the lines between work and home start to blur, try some of these tips to stay motivated no matter how long you’re snowed in:

Get in the Right Mindset

Start your work day like you would any other day. Get up on time. Brush your hair. Make your coffee. Pet the cat. You get the point. Do what you need to do to settle in for work with the right mindset. If you want to go above and beyond, some people recommend even dressing the part.

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Set up for Success

When you’re ready for the work day, set aside a specific place or two exclusively for work. Avoid clutter and getting too cozy. Making your space spic and span so you can do your best work will help you psychologically.

Make Boundaries

If you don’t have the house to yourself, be sure to manage expectations with your company. Whether it’s a significant other, roommate, parent or child, set your boundaries to ensure your space is respected during work hours.

Create a List

Compile all your tasks for the day and prioritize them. Make sure you have enough to stay busy for at least eight hours. Without in-person meetings or interactions with coworkers to break up the day, you may find yourself losing focus.

To stay on schedule, try structuring what you’ll do and when, like you would if you were in the office. Reach out to others if you have capacity to keep your plate full.

Take a Break

Just like any work day, there may be a time when your focus starts wavering. It’s time to take a break. Get up and get your blood moving.

When you’re working from home, remember you have the luxury of privacy. Embrace it. Take 10-15 minutes to step away from the computer and do something you wouldn’t typically have the opportunity to do because of office etiquette or other societal norms.

I’m talking a couple sets of jumping jacks, rolling out the mat for a quick yoga session or curating a fruit bowl to snack on when you settle back in. Maybe do a house chore like putting a load of laundry in or shoveling the driveway. Do what you need to do to get those creative juices flowing so you can effectively hunker down again, flex your time accordingly.

Give Thanks

Having the option to work from home is a privilege. It’s a sign of trust and respect. Keep this in mind and be sure to thank your superiors when they give a resounding yes to your work from home request.

I think I can fairly speak for the whole team when I express how much of a relief it was to actually be encouraged by Mary Ann to not make the trek downtown during the winter storm last week. The support and understanding from our clients was equally appreciated. Thank you again for looking out for our safety and trusting us to keep projects moving even when we’re not able to physically see you.

Sincerely,


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