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November 1, 2023

Winning At Working From Home


Four essentials for rocking your remote job


COVID-19 STRIPPED US of our normalcy and forced us to change our way of life. The new focus has been wearing masks, stocking up on toilet paper and spending obscene amounts of money on Clorox wipes and Lysol spray.

Initially, we struggled with the idea of being quarantined and working from home, but look at us now! Months later, we have it all figured out.

Well, maybe not all. Nonetheless, we do know that we are so resilient because life must go on, no matter what. Uncertain, nervous, overwhelmed, and scared, still we “overstand” that family, safety, and health matter most. Immediately following that clarity, we need to pivot and learn how to work well from home.

No matter our living circumstances, we have all experienced our challenges with this. Living alone, I was missing the sound and touch of actual people; I thought I was going nuts in the beginning.

As nerve-wracking as the grocery store and Target runs proved to be, I valued the moments of seeing actual people. They reminded me that I was not on an isolated Crystal Island.

Thanks to Zoom, I got to see that you all have different work settings. You have significant others, children, pets, and construction outside your window.

Indeed, working at home has created a tumultuous cycle of “What now?” and “What next?” Let me be transparent in saying that I have not figured it all out, but I have learned that these four things are important to keep in mind:

Schedule and flex (SUBTITLE)

If nothing else, we have learned that life happens. I create a checklist the night before, so I have a bare outline of what needs to be accomplished. In the morning, I prioritize the list and start with the absolute must-be-completed-today tasks, accepting that other things may come up that need attention.


I sit at my computer all day long, but I realize that my body needs circulation. I must get up and move around, even if it’s just for five minutes every hour. Set an alarm if you need to.

Eat…but not too much (SUBTITLE)

Like the “Freshman 15” in college, it is easy to gain pounds when you are not active. Times like this make us want comfort food, but remember that the more you pack on, the harder it is to take it off. So, I recommend a smoothie, vitamins, green roughage, and other healthier options. You do not want to come out of the pandemic looking like the Michelin Tire Man.

Get dressed (SUBTITLE)

I will be the first to say that leggings and hoodies have been my go-to outfit for months, so when I say “clothes” I am suggesting that you not keep your PJs on all day. That includes your bottom half too! Yes, that’s comfortable, but we must learn to be cute-comfy and presentable-comfy for all those fun-filled Zoom meetings.

Crystal Marshall stumbled upon two ways to utilize her writing gifts as an employee and an entrepreneur. Since 2009, she has been CEO of Write to Success (W2S) specializing in resume writing. In 2016, Crystal found her way into the entertainment industry as a Lead Executive Assistant at BET Networks.