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Tips for being productive while doing work and school at home

If you're missing in-person connections, an expert recommends being intentional about making those connections from home.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — COVID has impacted all of us. Students and adults across the country and here in the valley have transitioned to working from home, and for those who are new to that, there are some challenges to navigate.

"Working from home can be a transition but it doesn't have to be horrible and overwhelming," said Nafiyah Kirkland, a counselor at Alabama Connections Academy, a virtual school she has been teaching at for two years. "Part of a new routine is making yourself a new routine. Get up at a normal time. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Set reminders in your calendar to remind yourself to get up every hour or so to get up, stretch your legs, go outside for a walk."

To minimize distractions, stay logged out of your social media accounts and avoid the temptation to do chores or other things around the house that could keep you from getting your work done. Take advantage of not having a commute and try working out at home or going for a walk.

For those who will miss in person connections in the office and at school, be intentional about making those connections from home. 

"If you can't see them in person, FaceTime, text -- maintain a chat so you don't feel isolated," said Kirkland. "You can still maintain that connection through virtual means."

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