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#WFH Best Practices in Uncertain Times

Published Monday, April 20, 2020

#WFH (Work From Home) best practices in uncertain times: because social distancing and dealing with the guilt of feeling less productive than normal are hard.

Set boundaries around your work-life balance

The #WFH life can quickly devolve into checking emails in bed and putting in extra hours late at night because you feel guilty you had to take extra time caring for your family.

Boundaries around your work-life balance might include:

Physical boundaries: Dedicate a space that is the only spot in your home where you work. And while it's easier said than done, no phone or laptop (at least for work purposes!) in bed.

Mental boundaries: Log out of your work email over the weekend and resist the urge to feel productive by staring at your computer screen longer than it's actually effective.

Find a weekly work - or social - group

Having even just an hour of accountability each week can be incredibly beneficial to getting those essential tasks done.

If you're looking for an accountability partner or two, why not post in our member group to find someone to work along with?

Replicate morning coffee breaks

No one is a 24/7 productivity machine, normally. (If you are - please reach out and tell us all your secrets!) Don't be afraid to recreate the ebb and flow of a normal workday with some brain breaks scattered in there.

Whether your coffee break is taken with your toddler IRL or a virtual coworker, make space for a little downtime in your day.

Also, replicate happy hours

Ditto, but with cocktails or beers. Members, make sure you're in the member network for upcoming happy hour events!

We hope you're staying safe and well in these unprecedented times. We also hope you'll join us for some of our upcoming virtual offerings. Working (alone) from home doesn't have to be lonely.

Fellow members:

Revisioning the concept of traditional work environments and moving to a collaborative space has been an amazing opportunity for our organization to remain engaged with our constituents and expand our connections in the community.

—Kitty Campbell

"MatchBOX is helping my company (One Fact) survive and prosper. The affordable space is only the start. It is the connection with the other co-coworkers that is proving helpful. MatchBOX gets a share of credit for any success One Fact sees in 2017!”

—Cortland Starrett

MatchBOX is where I met some of my newest best friends, Amanda, Emily, Matt, Ed, and sometimes Ryan. It's conveniently located near Kathy's candies and a bunch of places to get drinks during lunch. Could use a couple more Pokestops though.

<3 Austin Toombs

MatchBOX has provided an incredible opportunity for getting my work done, collaborating with others (at least 4 projects so far), hosting meetings for organizations I'm part of, and meeting other independent contractors in the area. The feel and ambience of the place just adds to the fabulous workplace -- not to mention the coffee and snacks! I have friends around the country who are jealous of our MatchBox space.

—Johanna Merritt Wu

My Enactus Purdue team got a tour of this studio recently. The environment is outstandingly innovative! Everyone there is incredibly friendly and hospitable and passionate about what they are doing. What a great place to see opportunity in the city of Lafayette!

—Acaimie Catron (from Facebook)

There is such a positive, creative vibe to this space. I participated in Lafayette Writers' Studio events and classes at MatchBOX fall, 2016. It is easy to access, convenient to downtown Lafayette and parking is not difficult in its area of town.

—Sandra B. (from Yelp)