ICEBREAKERS BLOG
Work continues
There are a lot of pros and cons when working remotely. We can adjust our working hours making our day more flexible. You could even say that we don't do 9 to 5 work anymore. Being in control of your own time creates a more relaxed and stress free environment. The biggest disadvantage is a lack of social contact, a chance to meet your colleagues, make small talk, joke around and enjoy lunchtime with your team. Without having personal contact with one another in some way our friendly relationships will take a toll, making it even harder to establish new relationships.

Similarly to people around the globe, our Icebreakers team had to adjust to the new world and work remotely. We wanted to share our experience and some tips we gathered during this time.
— Have you changed your daily routine due to working remotely?
Māra
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
Remote work and being at home haven't affected me a lot because I tend to work from home for my own company, therefore I've had a set routine in place. Especially in the mornings. I've developed my own personal rituals and activities that help me to stay focused. Usually I start my day at 6AM. That's when I read latest news, scroll through my Facebook page (yes, bad habit) and let my body wake up properly. At 7AM I have my workout. I can't imagine my life without a good workout - it gives me such an energy blast, that will be enough for the rest of the day and even more. Staying fit gives me vitality and a power to focus. After breakfast it is time for me to read a good book and meditate, which helps with setting my mind on the work by sorting my thoughts and emotions. Overall my daily rhythm hasn't changed although I'm happy I can meditate in a morning instead of an evening.
Nadīna
RTU Design factory
My free time is the one that suffers the most in these new conditions, because many options for leisure activities have been canceled, therefore an overtime of my own choosing is an occurring thing during these days.
Kārlis
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
A week or so before the state of emergency began, I started getting up at 5am in the morning. This also helped a lot when I had to start work remotely and would be something I would recommend for others to try.

Otherwise, the rhythm has not changed much, most of the days are devoted to working at the university, but evenings to side projects. Of course, now you have to spend more time in various virtual meetings, which at the beginning I also had to adapt, because switching between meetings happened with just a few clicks, while in the "old" life, you at least got to move a bit between meetings.
— How do you balance your work and leisure?
Māra
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
Honestly, daily I try not to divide my work and my free time (I make an exception on some weekends, when I focus purely on resting) because I don't separate my job from my life. All is one for me. Even if I have to work late, I don't consciously think twice about it, because I understand - I do this to develop myself and to learn. I truly enjoy filling my day with productive tasks. And when all is done, an evening walk or a long ride with my bicycle is me switching to my free time.
Nadīna
RTU Design factory
My free time is the one that suffers the most in these new conditions, because many options for leisure activities have been canceled, therefore an overtime of my own choosing is an occurring thing during these days.
Kārlis
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
In the beginning, this was actually a problem, because the whole day I spent in one place - the apartment. It's harder to stop working at the end of the day because you don't have to change the environment you work in. In the mornings, I usually try to go out for a walk before I start to work. Same I am trying to do in the evenings.

But in general, the answer to a good balance between work and leisure is good planning, if you have planned the day and what needs to be done during the day, then you also know when it is time to stop working and switch to other things.
— Do you have any tips or tricks to regain your energy when feeling low?
Māra
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
I won't deny it, every day can and will surprise me and sometimes not in a good way. There are weeks, when I feel energised and in a "full on work" mode, but then there are weeks, when the only thing I want to is to lie in my bed and never get up. Because of the latter a big help for me is my to-do list, which I always prepare on the night before. I advise people to make these lists for themselves and on the "rainy" days to work on just the easiest things. This way you don't end up with a feeling of a wasted day and sometimes you inspire yourself to do more. Of course, because of these days some of the tasks will be postponed, but it is better to cross the task off the list when you can focus and fulfil it on 200%, rather than half-ass it.
Nadīna
RTU Design factory
Power-nap, a good walk, strong coffee.
Kārlis
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
Look again at the daily plan and the things you need to do. Not all the time, but other times, I use the Pomodoro timer when working.
The main thing to remember is that we are not a machine and there will be days when you will probably do less.
— Are you being more or less productive when working from home? What is essential for you to be more productive?
Māra
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
My productivity comes in waves. Some days I can reach my full potential and surprise myself, but on others my lack of focus drives me crazy. The first month was a bit harder to adjust to as I got used to working from the office, but shortly after I regained my productivity. Now I feel more productive while working from home than I was in the office. If I need a break, I use it to prepare a meal for myself. This time away from my computer is enough to gather mental energy necessary to tackle my tasks. Of course, the lack of emotional connection with colleagues takes its toll. We tend to have a small talk during our online meetings, but you can tell it's not the same.
Nadīna
RTU Design factory
There are pros and cons. I've done more tasks which I usually postponed because of daily hustle and bustle. I had no time to focus on those things then, but I do now. However, I miss my colleagues and the little chit-chats we had while making a cup of coffee or having a lunch together. Digital communication lacks that simple, personal contact, that we so desperately need.
Kārlis
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
I have not statistically measured if I am doing more or less now, but early mornings have helped me to at least start the day productively.
— Recommendations for those who want to stay active these days!
Māra
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
This is the right time to look around for opportunities. Time it took for you to travel to your workplace or studies you can now spend on chasing new ideas and tasks you never had time for. To become better you.
Nadīna
RTU Design factory
Diamonds are made under the worst pressure.
Kārlis
LU studentu Biznesa inkubators
The situation with the virus has, of course, created various challenges, but I would suggest focusing on the fact that we will all have to adapt to new things in our daily lives today because it creates many different opportunities to come up with new solutions and put them into practice. So my suggestion is to follow what industry leaders are writing, ask your friends and acquaintances how their daily lives have changed, brainstorm and look for possible solutions, and, using the opportunities now offered by all digital online events as well as different initiatives in universities, be entrepreneurial and bring these solutions to life!
Māra Birzniece
on May 28th, 2020
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