Outside of setting strict work hours, creating a home schedule, taking breaks, and staying active, JoFox, associate director of administrative affairs, recommends setting up your home office in a positive location. For Fox, this meant she set up her workspace so that it looked out into her backyard.
“... as the flowers start blooming, I can enjoy them and, until we have leaves, the squirrels have been providing some awesome and acrobatic entertainment in the trees,” Fox said.
Creating a dedicated workspace for yourself, especially a positive one, will help you turn “on” at the beginning of the day, to prepared for work, and make the experience enjoyable.
Once you’ve got your workspace set up, it is vital to ensure you are ready to work from home; whether it be handling technology issues or learning about working and teaching from home, it is important to make sure you access the resources available.
Karley Clayton, a STEM career consultant for Academic and Career Development, said while working from home, she has grown as a professional by becoming better skilled at using online platforms like Zoom and Canvas.
“I have found keepteaching.iu.edu to be a helpful resource! Also, Jeremy's tech team and Kristin's team in communications have also been helpful resources in the transition. I can always count on them for help,” Clayton said.