How to manage your energy better

We talk about ways to manage your energy better, even though we are all in isolation. If we don’t manage our energy well, we lose productivity, and our mental health goes down the drain.

Most people are now working at home or looking for jobs which will take up their time and energy. So here are some ways to help you manage your energy better during the day.

I know that this is a difficult situation for most but try to be as positive as possible. Extreme Limitz Photography mentions that positive energy brings out the best in people. 

Work out when you are the most energetic.

For some people, it can be morning, and for others, it can be at night. Work out what’s best for you. We all have different bodies and rhythms and know when we are most energetic.

And don’t force it. Some days you might not be as energetic.

Set goals for the day

Most people can get more done in a day if they set some goals. Your goals should be specific and measured. Work out what you can achieve during the day. You should work this out over breakfast

Eat breakfast

Even though you are in isolation, it doesn’t mean that you can skip breakfast. If you skip breakfast, then you lose productivity.

Exercise

We need about 150-300 mins of exercise, and we should always move more. If you’re allowed outside, then that is great. But if not, you can download the Les Mills on Demand and do the workouts inside your own house

Sleep well

Dr. Wadeson says we need about 7-9 hours of sleep a night to function properly during the day.

Treat yourself every now and then.

Buy something online that you like. It doesn’t have to be food. It can be a new pair of shoes or some bath bombs (Bustle.com). Something that will encourage you to take care of yourself is a good idea.


Professional networking during COVID19

What is professional networking like now that COVID has hit? We wonder if it would ever be the same.

I remember going to many events pre-pandemic and going and seeing the stalls. There used to be many Friday after work drinks where we would network with people.

Not anymore. That’s changed now. Now we have virtual drinks where the drinks get sent to your home address and you do it at home online. It feels really weird and very lonely to do it this way.

In Dr Sharma’s Obesity notes he says that most of the networking will continue online. Pre pandemic they always were face to face at various drinks and meals. But now due to social distancing rules, it is more online. Technology helps with gaining new knowledge at conferences it does not replace the face to face meetings.

In Australia this may be a challenge for the older folks who are not used to technology. I believe that the local councils are running classes for seniors although that might be a challenge. Most older people own a smartphone but just figuring it out may be difficult. But again it might be a challenge for the younger people who don’t know anyone in their career and who are just starting out for the first time. The older people know people offline as they have been around for a while.

Nowadays everything is virtual with all the seminars and events going virtual and it will stick with us for a long time. But it does not replace going to a physical event. 


How to keep your career active during the pandemic

Most people will find that their career has fallen by the wayside during the pandemic. So here’s how to keep things going and your career going. Post-COVID things will not be the same in the workplace.

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Just because you are at home doesn’t mean that your career has to fall to the wayside. You can work remotely and learn new things.

Keep up with your connections

This is important for when you return to the office or workplace post COVID. There is Zoom and Facebook and Whatsapp. You want to make sure that everyone is together. You should all set a time each week where you can talk about things

Do go to some seminars online

Its important to stay in the know about topics. Most of them are free but there are some in which you might have to pay a fee for. Do subscribe to some industry associations (your employer can suggest some or you can find some of these online. Do a Google search)

Do a short a course or two

Many universities offer short courses or two via Open Universities. This is a good chance to upskill and learn new things. Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean that you can’t learn new things and ways of working.

Update Linkedin

If you have Linkedin now is the chance to update it so that people know where to find you. You might have some research articles that you are willing to share

Do some research on topics that you are interested in

For example, I’m interested in mental health. So I did some research in that area. I’m also interested in dietary things and the USDA guidelines so am doing some research in that field.

Consider Freelancing

Do share some other people’s posts online. Also, you can consider writing a blog or two since people love to hear your expertise on things like stress management or cooking or loving nature. Or gardening. Or other things and research that you are working on.


Stress Management post COVID19

During COVID19 all of our arrangements have changed and people are working from home. Here the dynamics of working at home have changed due to people having families with kids. Their kids have to go to home school.

But then post COVID lockdowns people would be starting to go back to the office.

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I listened to this podcast which popped up on my feed.

So we need to find ways of connecting with the employees and working at home. Employers need to be more flexible and its now the norm. They need to forget that they are on camera.

You need to trust people and you need to manage your business by results. By that I mean that you have to define outcomes. You shouldn’t really care too much if you are getting the results from your employees. You need to be able to manage people and you need to communicate. You shouldn’t worry too much about employee productivity. You need to get your team on board with your strategy which will always change depending on what is going on with COVID. We cannot plan too much ahead. You should plan some small goals and then go from there.

You need to work out which things you do well and which you don’t. And then you can work out the time and you need to get some exercise. You don’t need to have too much ZOOM meetings all the time but you do need to meet them once a week. Time is not relevant but you do need to know how your employees are feeling. Your behaviour needs to be good in order for employees to be good and treat the company well.


10 wellness tips to help you with working from home

Here are 10 wellness tips to help you with working from home.

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Schedule your workouts depending what you time you work best.

For some people that would be in the afternoon and for others it would be in the morning.

Support small businesses

This could be when you’re out (for the four reasons- exercise, study or work, medical and caregiving and buying food) or online. It could be that takeaway coffee or pastry or some local handmade thing.

Instead of the supermarket why not give a local greengroccer and the butcher a go?

Get up every hour from your desk and go for a stretch

This is a good idea for you to go and make that cup of tea or do some housework chores. Something to break up your working day. We did this in the city so why not bring the same things home?

Aim to have the same amount of protein at home as you do in your normal working day

Hence this will make the transition smoother from working in the office and at home to vice versa. So if you are used to having a lot of protein and snacks keep to that

The push-up challenge

We did this in May and found it very useful. Here you did 250 push-ups a day for three weeks. It was awesome and a good way to beat mental health.

Keep to the same working hours if you can

This is a good idea for everyone and it keeps everyone sane. If you go all different hours it’s hard to keep up with your work as everyone is always distracting you. Thus your colleagues and clients will know when you can meet them.

Pace yourself

Do one hour of work and then take a break. You need breaks throughout the day to keep you focused at home.

Don’t forget to hydrate

Just because you’re at home working does not mean that you can forget to hydrate. When you have your breaks go up and get that glass of water or tea.

Sleep properly

Make sure that you get 7-8 hours of sleep every night

Dress in your work gear

For some people that might be very casual gear depending on the type of work that you do. Obviously don’t work in your PJ’s as your body will think that its sleep time and not work time. If you work in office wear, wear that and your body will think that its going to work.


The future of work post Covid

The future of work will be very different for the foreseeable fututre

According to Peakon, employee engagement is important and they must not be disengaged. Workers’ responsiveness is important and the surveys are important. Higher engagement is important for getting the best outcomes of your business. Unhappy employees will resign from that company.

People’s expectation is always changing in unprecedented times. as they are adjusting to working from home. They need to feel that their voices can be heard. We need to listen more to employees. One way of this is by giving them surveys to do and rewarding them such as a prize draw.

Peakon can help companies predict engagement and attrition nine months before. We need to reduce attrition within the companies in order to gain the best possible outcome. High turnover is not a great idea as it results to lost productivity, time and costs with hiring a new person.

Analytics is the future of work. Having data from employee surveys is important as it will lead to a much better outcome which will lead to less turnover. We need to understand the data to drive meaningful change within an organization. Employee experience is important.

Driving meaningful change is important for managers. It helps to take the pressure of HR. Management needs to drive the business forward. They should be proactive and don’t be afraid to be wrong. They need to understand correlation and data.

With these in mind, it may not be long before the company is up and running at full speed with a COVID safe plan. In the long run, that company would earn some profits post COVID! If they listen to their people and keep them happy, they will want to stay. Happier employees equate to more productivity!


5 industries that will bounce back and thrive after COVID19

Here are some industries that will thrive after COVID 19. This might be a year or two after the pandemic has ended.

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Health and wellness services

Whilst the physcial stores were closed the online space started thriving. People needed more mental health and wellness. ALso the exercise sector online really boomed. Yoga and meditation really started to take off

IT services

With more and more people working from home they too had a massive boost

Retail

The Active wear and facemasks retail sector will become more popular as face mask wearing is becoming more common in the world. People will have become more used to and comfortable with working in active wear.

As gyms have closed the spike in home gym gear has meant that this part of the retail sector is doing really well. More people have taken to running and biking outdoors which would see a huge increase in bike sales.

As people get comfortable with working from home the suit and fancy clothes industry will see huge drop. Luxury goods will also suffer due to the fact that people would not be able to afford them. Electrical goods will suffer due to the fact that they would be unaffordable for many. Many people would do without the expensive television or the really fancy fridge

Social services

As people lose their jobs and the cost of living becomes unaffordable for many, social services will see a huge demand for service. They already have seen a huge surge in the past few weeks here in Melbourne.

Home improvement/ DIY

This retail industry has seen a huge demand in the past few weeks. It includes your plants, crafts and other home improvement projects. The demand in materials has also spiked as people make their own masks at home and fix up other things other around the house. The demand for paint, wood and electrical goods such as saws and sewing machines has also increased.


Time management

We write about time management as that is important for our mental health and sanity. Most countries are now in their second wave which means that working from home is a must for most people.

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There is never enough time to do everything in a day. Time does go by really fast. And now that we are working from home it’s important to work out the time for you to do your work as well as family obligations. Make sure that family obligations don’t eat into your working time. Don’t forget to factor in exercise each day.

It’s important to stick to deadlines even if you are home. Most people will have a Google calendar in their iDrive that they can use to schedule when tasks are due. Stress is not good for the body. You do not sleep well and eat well when things are due. If work has set you big tasks, break the task down into smaller chunks and do it like that so it does not overwhelm you. When I was doing my research project in my Uni years I did not break that task down and it really overwhelmed me. As such, I failed to finish on time

Make sure you set a time to do work from home and stick to it. Don’t go and play games during this time. Every week we set tasks that have to be done by the end of the week (i.e by Sunday).

If you are really bad at time management and suck at it you can download a few apps to help you with time. Google calendar is just one of them. Don’t forget to take a break from your tasks or otherwise, you will just go mental and you will get overwhelmed.


How to productively plan your working week

Now that most of us are working from home, we should be planning our week properly and working out which tasks we should do first. This is to maximize productivity. The first lockdown that we worked at home we had no idea as to how to be productive. The second time around it is much better now that we have a plan in place.

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The Sales blog has some great tips on maximizing your time. Distractions are unavoidable sometimes if you have children but you should plan to minimize those. If you have children and you are working from home you could have a babysitter or a nanny to come and take care of the kids. Or you could work whilst they are napping

On Monday we write down all the tasks that we have to do that week. This is also a good time for us to check-in and see if things have been done and targets met. We normally try and set a target for that week. Sometimes things come up and that’s ok.

Then during the week we work hard and we have one day off for doing just whatever. At breakfast each day we work out what needs to be done during the day. We try and schedule our runs for the afternoon where we work best. Then at night, we publish posts as that’s where most of the sales targets are met.

Then the weekend is family time.

You don’t have to get the plan essentially right, just make sure that you cover all the bases on a week by week basis. Things do come up on the news and its important that we adjust to those.


Four things I learnt from working at home

Now that stay at home orders are here in Melbourne and in parts of the world again, I wanted to talk about the four things that I learnt from working from home from the last time. This is in hopes that you’ll find working from home easier this time.

Planning is key

Work out what you want to do and when. I.e in the next hour I would like this and that done. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks and break that work up into chunks. Don’t forget to check in with your colleagues every week to see where they are up to.

Talk to people

Talking to people outside of your home has its benefits. Whether its grabbing a coffee or at your local supermarket. Even just saying a G’day would help. It would brighten someone’s day. We are all in this together. I love to pat other people’s dogs as they make me happy.

Do the educational seminars/webinars

These helped me a lot when working from home as it gave me some insight on what to write. They are normally done on Zoom. And I got to see people online.

Exercise

If you’re allowed out to exercise then you can do just that. Exercise is known to make you feel good and help you get on with your day. Fresh air is good for the mind.