by Hannah Eanes, CMP, Director of Member Relations, Professional Club Marketing Association
Hello PCMA Members and Friends! I wish I could be welcoming you to the world of remote work under better circumstances. And, I hope this note finds you and your loved ones well, considering the difficult situation COVID-19 has presented us with. As we all continue to navigate our new routines, PCMA has been fortunate to already have a remote work culture in place. I have been working from my home office for nearly ten years now...Eeek! The transition from working in a club filled with the buzz and collaboration to a more solitary environment was difficult for me at first, and I’m happy to share some of the preliminary best practices that supported me in establishing a successful system.
Tip #1 –Exercise
Commit to moving your body. Maybe it’s the middle of the morning after you have worked through emails before you start developing content, or maybe it’s the middle of the afternoon to keep you from taking a nap. Regardless of the time of day, exercise. You won’t regret it. Without your team surrounding you, you will need to be committed to generating energy, encouragement and stimulation for yourself.
Tip #2 – Get Dressed
You might be looking forward to ditching a uniform or business casual for a bit, but don’t land in an outfit that is too comfortable. Athleisure is fine, but PJs are not. There are those who believe in “dress for success,” and that may motivate you too. Personally, I look to comfortable yet fitted attire options because they keep me mindful of my posture and help deter me from snacking!
Tip #3 – Lighting
I have experimented setting up my work space in a variety of different locations, and my favorites by far have featured great lighting. If you can find a way to get yourself situated near a window that will be ideal. There are many reasons why lighting is important, but the one facing you primarily is video conferencing. Good lighting will help you look alert and professional when calling in to meetings from your home.
Tip #4 – List Your To-Dos
Before finishing each work-from-home day, prioritize your expected output for the following day. Committing to a well-organized task list will help you refocus when you’re drifting and avoid in home distractions. Additionally, you may not be working your typical hours, you might be juggling kids, etc. It will be important that you lay out for yourself what needs to be finished and confirm time slots within your new routine.
I wish you all the best in the upcoming weeks and look forward to being in touch as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.