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.


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.


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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Reps. Allred, Granger, Veasey Host Texas Ceremony, Announce Fort Worth ISD Initiative

Congressional Awardees pose outside of the Dallas Museum of Art with U.S. Representatives Colin Allred, Kay Granger, and Marc Veasey.

Dallas, TX — On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Members of the Texas congressional delegation hosted a statewide Congressional Award ceremony and introduced a new initiative between Congress’ award program for youth and the Fort Worth Independent School District.

The Dallas Museum of Art served as the host venue, welcoming awardees and their guests to a reception and award ceremony.

The event was made possible by the generosity of partners like American Airlines, G2 Secure Staff, Lockheed Martin, Magdaleno Leadership Institute, and Mr. Jorge Baldor.

In addition to honoring youth recipients for personal goal-setting and community service, the event served as a launch for The Congressional Award’s partnership with the Fort Worth Independent School District. The two organizations unveiled their plan to equip North Texas teens with tangible skills and resources necessary to bridge the gap between classroom success and career preparation.

Read more about the FWISD partnership here.

Left to Right: Julie Gostic of G2 Secure Staff, Congressional Award Chairman Paxton Baker, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Gold Medalist siblings Raheem and Rehman Memon, Congressman Colin Allred, Congressman Marc Veasey.

“Over four decades, The Congressional Award program has displayed an unparalleled ability to empower young adults to prepare for life outside the classroom,” said Congressman Marc Veasey. “Regardless of ability, circumstance, or socioeconomic status, The Congressional Award recognizes the effort, initiative, and achievement students make.

The Foundation also recognized Texas A&M University assistant professor Dr. Hector Rivera with the Education Champion Award for his contributions to teaching, public service, and guiding students to achieve excellence.

Illustrating the significance of community and partnership, Congressional Award Board Member and motivational speaker Mateo Magdaleno reminded awardees that it takes a village to achieve personal success. “Although we stand as one person, we must never forget we are representing thousands of people – entire communities, families that have supported you, and educators who have served as your mentors.”

Congressional Awardees and guests look on as the ceremony unfolds.

This year’s ceremony honored 89 recipients across the Lone Star State. Texas remains one of the most active in The Congressional Award’s portfolio with 3,304 awardees all-time, 80,100 service hours in 2018 (8% of national total), and 4,213 current participants (ranked 2nd in number of participants, only trailing California).

The ceremony program and list of Congressional Award recipients can be found here.

Free, high resolution photos are available to view and download here.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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