6 ways to be a good virtual neighbor

Daily life has changed. Times are tough. But this isn’t insurmountable and we can all show a little compassion to ease the burdens of our community members. Here are a few reminders to trigger our neighborly duties:

Give

Make a donation to non-profits, who despite this crisis are still providing much needed services to local communities. Or donate goods and PPE supplies to those on the front lines fighting this pandemic.

Thank

Show some love to our healthcare workers, delivery drivers, and other essential workers. Write thank you cards, post on social media, and share your appreciation for the people and organizations who keep our nation functioning.

Volunteer

You can volunteer virtually from the safety and comfort of your home. Give your voice to help raise awareness, lend your talents to a nonprofit who needs your skills, or take half an hour to call a senior who may be alone.

Support

Buy and order from small businesses and local restaurants and raise awareness for organizations that are getting hit the hardest by this pandemic. Celebrate members of your community who are giving back.

Be Kind

Kindness is contagious. Buy flowers or groceries for a neighbor, send someone a gift card or meal, message an old friend, or hang an inspiring message from your window.

Respond

Help with response efforts by searching for ways to help at-risk or vulnerable individuals, sewing masks for nurses and doctors, donating excess food items to shelters and food banks, or giving blood the safe way.


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Tricks of the trade: Working (or schooling) from home

Teams and classrooms across the world have entered a new normal – trying to find productivity and comfort in their remote environment. Being stuck at home 24/7 is difficult. Luckily, we have a few tools and tips to ease the transition.

Set up your workspace

Find an area in your home that’s conducive to working. It can be a desk or the couch, just make sure it’s separate from your non-work space and allows you to focus.

Stick to your routine

If you typically wake up early, take a shower, have breakfast or a cup of coffee, continue to do so in your new normal. This will prepare your mind and body for a productive day.

Have a to-do list

Before you start each day, list down your priorities the evening before. Set specific windows of time to complete your projects (uninterrupted) and stick to your schedule.

Communicate

Check-in with your employer/teacher and colleagues/classmates from time to time. Update them on your schedule and deliverables, especially if there are any changes.

Take breaks

The key to a productive day (and your sanity) is balance. Give yourself enough time to walk away from your computer screen and phone. Move around, take a water break, work on a personal hobby, find a 15 minute reward.

Socialize

When the entire office or class is working from home, you’re not exchanging the same pleasantries as a normal in-person day. You may go hours without a real conversation. Take time to call, text, or FaceTime important people in your life.

Curate your work from home media

Create a playlist or listen to a podcast while you work. Share it with your colleagues and classmates too to share the vibe.

Align work schedules with your family/roommates

Working from home is an adjustment. Coordinate with your parents, partner, children, or roommate so you’re not in each other’s way and can help one another throughout the day.


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