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Working from home? An organizing consultant has some tips

Organize Anything's Colette Robicheau has some suggestions for those who are adjusting to a new routine
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Social distancing and self-isolation have resulted in many employees and students working and studying from home.

A Halifax organizing consultant has some recommendations for those who are adjusting to a new routine.

Organize Anything's Colette Robicheau suggests setting up a designated workspace that is ideally away from distractions.

"I mean people, I mean pets, it could be the next-door neighbour playing their music too loud," says Robicheau. "It can be your stomach growling and you remember the kitchen is right there so maybe it would be a good time to make a soup."

She tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show, research shows if you get up and dressed like you're heading into the office, it could help increase productivity.

It's also a good idea to be mindful of bad habits, like snacking too much or binge-watching TV, but Robicheau suggests cutting yourself some slack during this unusual and stressful situation.

"We might need a little bit of a break ... if you can get out -- if you're walking a dog, we're still allowed to do that --  any little bit of exercise is going to really work for our brain and reduce some of that anxiety," she says. "And sometimes that allows us to refocus as well."

She adds don't be afraid to use technology to reach out to others for support, even if it's just to say hello and share each others' challenges.

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