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Working from home has its advantages, but it’s also easy to adopt bad habits.

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You are inside almost all the time now and time is meaningless. You are free to Binge Netflix or Work from bedand hang around in a bathrobe and rabbit slippers all day long, skipping showers and “forgetting” to shave. Such an uncontrolled sloth sounds funny, but in reality there is a better way to keep yourself happy and healthy in the prospective months of quarantine: stick to a routine. Better yet, use the technology you already have as a guide.

Your phone, laptop, smart watch, and smart speaker can help you stay healthy and productive when the normal signals of life disappear. Here are the five most important elements of my daily routine and how you can integrate them into your new home life.

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Don’t just take coffee, take a coffee break.

In the office, I need about a hundred steps to get from my desk to the coffee machine, but at home I’m literally 10 steps away. To increase my daily step count, I set reminders on my phone that literally said, “Take a coffee break!” otherwise I will sit for hours without realizing it.

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Don’t just pour a cup of coffee, take a cup of coffee break. Plan downtime for your working day to keep your typical work pace.

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In the meantime, I’ve set about five or six daily reminders on my iPhone, and I’m sure I’ll make an appointment in my iPhone calendar for everything that I need to focus on for more than 10 minutes. On Android devices, Google Assistant can set reminders as well, and Google Calendar now looks stunning in dark mode.

To make sure that I get up and move around a lot, I track my daily steps with my Apple Watch, although your iPhone can track steps alone as long as you take them with you everywhere – as well for Android phones as Samsung fitness trackers, Fitbit and Garmin.


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Whatever you need to do – take a break, go for a walk, start a home workout, call a friend, or even when you stop working for the day – reminders, appointments, and alarms can help replace you the natural breaks and transitions that you would have on a typical work day.

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If you use a voice assistant like Google Assistant from Google Home or Alexa from Amazon on devices like this Echo Show 8, you can set up a morning routine to make it easier to start the day.

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Get out of bed when it’s time to work

A powerful morning begins with a strong bedtime the evening before. iPhones and iPads have a “Bedtime” tab in the Watch app that reminds you when it’s time to call a night, turns on Do Not Disturb, and gently wakes you up in the morning. Android devices have a similar function, which is called settlement mode.

If you have smart home devices like an Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) or a Google homepage ($ 49 at Walmart) Narrator, now is the time to set up a solid morning routine. This is a series of tasks that your digital assistant does with a single voice command.

Here’s how to teach Alexa to turn on the lights, start coffee, and play music, news, or weather with just one command. Or read our guide to setting up routines on Google Home devices here.

This is what my Google Home morning routine looks like:

  • “Hey, Google, good morning!”
  • Three Philips Hue color bulbs in my bedroom glow 50% in gold white.
  • My Nest Learning Thermostat changes to 70 degrees (set to 68 degrees at night).
  • Google Home reports the weather forecast.
  • I get a traffic report with an estimated commute (I left it on to get a feel for how busy the streets are).
  • If I have calendar events or reminders that day, Google Home will list them.
  • Finally, Google Home plays a handful of short messages from NPR, CBS News and of course CNET.
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If you have a smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can adjust the temperature as part of a Google Home or Amazon Alexa routine.

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Change into work clothes because it is better for your brain

Time to lose sweat. You don’t have to shrug your shoulders or blouse, just wear something that makes you feel more at work than your flannel PJs. And if you have a zoom call with coworkers, it shows that you have bothered to sit down – and maybe also to inspire They also.

Why? Research has shown that changing clothes can have a positive impact on cognitive performance. H. With the right clothes, you can feel smarter or at least more serious about the task at hand. Another study found that formal attire improves mental acuity. (These eight best subscription boxes for clothing are still in operation, albeit with extended deadlines for shipping and return.)


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Your commute is still “your” time

According to the US Census Bureau, the average American commutes to work, according to the US Census Bureau, for about 26 minutes, and I happen to be. Research has even shown that commuting has an overall positive effect on our emotional well-being. I started to miss this quiet “I” time.

I’m a big talk radio fan. One way to recreate my commuting every day is to listen to great podcasts, either on one of my Google Home devices or in the background on my iMac.

You can find more ideas in these 10 ways to enrich and entertain yourself at home, or in these seven ways to avoid boredom at home to perform faster and easier activities that can replace your commuting.

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Not only can you use Zoom and other video conferencing services for official meetings – schedule time to hang out with colleagues and shoot the breeze to keep a sense of camaraderie in the office.

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Schedule calls to connect with colleagues

You are already using Zoom, Slack, Google Meet, and Microsoft teams for mandatory meetings and one-on-one meetings with your boss. But how can you keep up with the social aspects of your industrial relationships? Lubricating social passages is an effective and important way to ward off feelings of isolation and indolence.

Indeed, it has been shown that positive relationships with our employees improve both work performance and job satisfaction. So plan a daily break with colleagues to shoot the breeze, or meet Zoom for lunch. If you and your employees usually relax after work, plan a virtual happy hour one day a week.

Connect with your fellow human beings with one or more of these six things you can do to help others in this time of social distancing. At home, make sure you disinfect with these EPA-approved cleaning products. And to refresh terms such as “PSA” and “zoonosis”, here the 101 for terms related to coronaviruses and their meaning.


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