5 Ways to Create Boundaries While Working From Home

The staff at sexual health startup Dame share their secrets for staying sane and productive.
5 Ways to Create Boundaries While Working From Home
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Emma Rooney, sales coordinator

“Structure has been key to keeping up. Getting dressed in the morning and staying out of my bedroom during the day has been helpful, and creating a schedule for my day and a cutoff time in the evening is a necessary boundary. Plus, I’m constantly motivated by the work my colleagues are doing. I’ve been practicing mindful — ­I’m thankful to have a job to wake up to during these unimaginably tough times.” 

Jaechelle Johnson, engineering technician

“We’ve been having more frequent full-­company check-ins, to just see each other’s faces. I think we’re using Slack 10 times more than we ever did when we were physically together. And we’ve started having video chats outside of — to have virtual drinks together and decompress.”

Related: How to Stay Sane While Working From Home

Alexandra Fine, cofounder and CEO

“We’ve been having daily virtual morning meetings. We make a Doc with our agenda, and every staffer adds what they accomplished yesterday, what they’re trying to get done today, and if there’s anything in their way — like if they’re waiting on a document from someone. 

It’s a great way to create accountability, and a great way to make sure everyone showered and is taking care of themselves. I think we’ll keep doing these meetings when we’re back in the office.”

Josh Nalven, head of voice and experience

“I know too much about computer networking from past jobs — and from being the unofficial IT guy at Dame. I have Ethernet cables in multiple lengths, and my 50-foot cable has been the real MVP of this quarantine. Your is faster and more reliable when you’re hardwired into your router.”

Related: 5 Ways to Be More Efficient While Working From Home

Anthony Francis, senior engineering technician 

“I’m keeping productivity up by sticking to a plan but allowing for . I’ve set aside an hour each day for professional development, like learning a new skill or taking a course. My workstation is packed up at 6 to get ready for family time — and to clean up the dining table before Mom comes home.”

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