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Selections From Our Telecommuting For Success Series on YouTube

Creating Healthy Boundaries with Others in the Home with Dr. Megan Mansfield

Dr. Kate Truitt interviews Dr. Megan Mansfield, a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Associate at Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, to gather tips on how to successfully work in the home environment when your partner, children, roommates, or pets are present. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Mansfield uses her training in Internal Family Systems, or parts work, to highlight the importance of being aware of our parts or feelings, expressing gratitude for what are parts are trying to tell us, and attending to their needs with intention.

Finding Balance When Living & Working w/ Chronic Pain or Illness with Rebecca Turner, LMFT

Working from home provides unique challenges AND opportunities for those managing pain and other chronic health conditions. Shifting our mindset from the hyper-productivity so common in our culture, and instead focusing on mindful self-care and self-advocacy (which can actually promote productivity!) can start a powerful trend toward resilience and renewable energy in our workday and personal life. In this interview, Dr. Kate Truitt and Rebecca Turner, LMFT brainstorm ways to care for your body.

Questions to Create Clarity & Decrease Anxiety in Uncertain Times with Jim Haley

Jim Haley of Signature Impact Coaching joins me this week to provide a strategic guide for how to build clarity when the future is uncertain. Dr. Truitt worked with Jim many years ago and says he has been instrumental in helping her become the leader she is today. In this interview Jim discusses the power of what’s called a Pattern Interrupt. He then guides us through 4 key questions to help us dive deep to create clarity and opportunity in difficult times.

Being Your Best Leader-Self During the Coronavirus Pandemic with Jami Eidsvoldr

In this video Dr. Truitt is rejoined by Jami Eidsvold who is the founder and CEO of Smarty Social Media. Jami is no stranger to the virtual lifestyle, in fact she and her team of fearless moms came together 7 years ago as a virtual team and perfected the art of the work/life/parent balance with compassion, laughter, and grace. In this episode we explore the role of leaders in helping teams be their best selves when working from home.

Celebrating the Little Wins while Working from Home with Austin Bauer: Fear

Company Culture Expert Austin Bauer joins us again to explore ways to enhance motivation and an internal sense of agency when telecommuting. Listen on for great tips such as:

1) Keeping a list of daily wins. A great hack for performance review time too!
2) Overcommunicating for the win!
3) Creating an end of the day success transition
4) Using video to express gratitude

Telecommuting for Success

With the Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions, millions of us all over Southern California are working from home. In this post, we provide tips for maximizing your productivity and well-being as you telecommute.

opportunities and challenges in Telecommuting

Telecommuting presents unique opportunities (no commute!) and challenges (it’s awfully easy to do house chores or enjoy a binge watching session). From battling productive procrastination to overcoming loneliness, telecommuting creates ample opportunities to grow into our best self.

Additionally, the Coronavirus Pandemic is presents a whole new array of challenges, from first-time online meeting, telehealth, to being at home all day with people whom you love to spend “just the right” amount of time with. Also, at the end of the day, how do you turn off the work brain and turning on the home brain? This can be specifically tough when there’s no transitional period and work and home happen in the same place. Dr. Kate Truitt discusses opportunities for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity to help you stay in work mode when it’s time to be productive and connect to relaxation when the day is done.

Tips for working at home

  • Create a distinct room or area of the home, which will serve as a consistent home office. Our brain associates locations with different mental states. This strategy will reduce feeling distracted during work hours as well as during your off hours.
  • Decrease distractions with intention at the beginning of your workday. This may include closing your door, letting others in your household know that your workday has begun, or turning off computer and phone notifications, as appropriate. Learn how to set up your telecommute experience for success each morning.
  • Invite natural sunshine into your home office area as much as possible. Sunshine helps us to stay alert and focused.
  • Dress for the job! Psychological research has shown that our clothes can have a significant impact in our brain state.
  • Schedule break times and stick to them. This includes scheduling times for news intake, which can create stress, but also for walking, deep breaths, and food. Strategies that encourage routine help the brain to stay focused and productive.
  • Create a transitional ritual for the beginning and end of your workday. This may be mindfully turning on/off work related electronics, listening to a particular song, practicing a meditation, or setting intentions for your transition with Havening Techniques. Dr. Kate presents ideas for successful transitions here.
  • Maintain personal connection with coworkers and colleagues through video chat. Complete social isolation is not healthy for our brains or immune functioning. Stay connected! 
  • Practice gratitude. We are fortunate to live in a time with access to online resources and support.

For more advice on managing the new realities  of telecommuting, see some of our videos in the sidebar of this page, or visit the Dr. Truitt & Associates YouTube Channel for the entire series.

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