Hunker Down Habits

August 6th 2020
By: Carrie Whitfield

If you’re one of the lucky? unlucky? that are still working at home, it might be time to re-evaluate your hunker down habits.

For me, staying motivated and getting my job done, were the easiest parts of working from home during our COVID-19 office closure.

Taking enough breaks, stretching, not thinking about work all the time, and keeping any semblance of my normal routine, those were my challenges. Some activities were so much easier during this time. Tossing a load of laundry in here and there, doing my hair (or not), and who doesn’t love working in sweatpants???

About two weeks into my work from home lifestyle, I pulled a solid 20-hour workday. I barely got out of my seat. I ate quick easy meals and just kept going. This might have been me not wanting to know what craziness was going on outside my walls for just a few days. Maybe I felt more pressure to show my team I was still dedicated and hard at work. Mostly, I love what I do and the world just let me work with few distractions of any kind. What else was I going to do anyway? It’s easy to be productive in that type of environment, but eventually, it can result in an unhealthy work-life balance.

ASA strongly supports a healthy work-life balance and I knew my team would never have approved of how I was treating myself. Habits can form fast and I needed to make a change before that happened as I had no idea how long COVID might stick around.

Here is a link to some of the healthy hunker down habits I learned to work into my day both at home and in the office.

https://www.smps.org/10-simple-tips-for-thriving-while-working-from-home/

About Carrie Whitfield

Carrie Whitfield joins ASA with 12 years of experience supporting Alaska’s oil and gas industry, both on and off the North Slope. Since 2009, she has specialized in construction and operations health, safety and environmental training development and delivery, as well as compliance-database administration and project-turnover coordination. Carrie holds a Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST) certification and other training certifications. Prior North Slope experience includes field safety on Point Thomson, Skid 50, various pipeline-renewal projects and construction-turnover coordination.

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