How to be successful online

We’re now living in a virtual world thanks to a global pandemic. Since March, church services have been moved online, school has moved to Zoom and work is being done remotely. When COVID first broke out in our area the gyms closed and you didn’t dare go to Wal-Mart unless it was for an emergency. Long story short, having a computer is a necessity now more than ever.

As a student and employee, how do we balance our schedules and not grow overwhelmed staring at a computer screen all day? This is one question that has plagued my day to day thoughts. I spend hours at my computer now going from class to work to doing homework. I found myself just this week waking up and logging on my computer at 8:00 a.m. and not logging off until 10:00 p.m. that night. Yes, I take breaks throughout the day but the majority of the time my eyes are glued to a screen.

A few things to keep you sane during an online format…

  1. Set boundaries. One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with is knowing when to stop and when not to respond. I don’t know who needs to hear this but, your emails can wait. Check them later and respond tomorrow.
  2. Blue light glasses. Thankfully I had blue light lenses put into my reading glasses and I am so glad! About a year ago, I was having really bad headaches all the time. I was spending more time on my computer and reading textbooks, but I didn’t put two and two together until I went to the eye doctor. My new glasses have made all the difference! Granted, if you spend hours and hours on your computer a headache may come and go, but blue light glasses have helped relieve the tension around my eyes. They are a game changer and I’ve not met one person who doesn’t love theirs!
  3. Create a workspace. I was gifted a new desk for my birthday and making a space that I enjoy being at has made me excited to wake up and go to my desk to start my daily tasks. Go to Hobby Lobby and buy some goodies to decorate your desk space or work corner so that you feel motivated and eager to start working!
  4. If you’re working or sitting in on a lecture from the comfort of your bed I recommend an arm rest pillow. It offers support for your back and arms and helps you to sit up. You can find cheap options online. Wal-Mart and TJ Maxx always have cute pillows!
  5. Folders! Organization is key. Especially when everything you’re doing is on a word document or pdf you have to create a folder system that makes it easy for you to find what you need when you need it.

It mostly comes down to personal preference and what works for you. Whatever the case may be it’s worth figuring out what will make your virtual day more pleasant and less stressful! Make a list and then make a change. Then take a break from the computer and rest your eyes!

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