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Telework Post 3/31/2020

What’s that behind me!  Well…it’s your behind.  Not only are you working from home and not in the office, but you cannot run out at lunch to walk the mall and pick up the make-up you forgot to get last month, or hit the gym. The good news is this lifestyle interruption is not happening in the dead of winter. We have the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Walk the dog twice a day or double the route, the pup will love it. Unless of course she’s a spoiled princess who does not like the icky mud and will need to be carried half way through the walk. That’s ok! Consider it working-out with weights. Take the kids for a walk or to a park.  Bonus: it’s a good way to exhaust them because when they get home it will be time for a nap.  Of course you don’t need a dog or kids to take a walk – sunlight and fresh air will do you a world of good. If you belong to a gym, check out their website or Facebook page.  Most of them are offering workout videos.  If you don’t belong to a gym, but right about now you wish you did – many workouts are being offered for free online.

OK, you just thought of a million excuses in your head why none of these options will work for you – here is one last idea – clean your house. Do a little during breaks or at lunch. I don’t mean dust what you can see, I mean really get down on your knees and clean those baseboards. Not with a Swiffer, get the Pine-Sol out.  Don’t forget bathroom vents, under and behind the refrigerator; get the step ladder out and clean valences or take down the window coverings and wash them (read directions first – trust me on this). In the end it’s about your physical as well as your mental health – keep moving.  It will make you more productive while working from home.

Cecile Charlton, Executive Director

The DCTMA advocates for the use of transportation demand management strategies, educating businesses and employees on telework and other transportation alternatives.  The DCTMA hopes to keep your spirits up with our tips for telework. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Telework Tip 3/24/2020

Colors and your mood – We all know that colors affect our mood. What is your mood today? Are you blue – not the bright blue, but the dark and foreboding, deep ocean blue?   Could it be your home office is drab, gray, or in an unfinished basement? What colors do you have around you?  Are the colors of your desk and computer dark?

We have been working from home for a few days now and thank goodness it’s spring.  The trees are flowering and the bulbs are waking up.  If you have a garden just take some time to look at it and appreciate the yellows, blues and purples.  No garden – no problem, consider buying flowers, most supermarkets sell them and I know you are buying food.  Or go through your closet.  Grab a bright shirt, blouse, or tie – just having the right color where you can see it will brighten your mood.

Here are some color ideas for enhancing your mood.  Blue is calming, who doesn’t need calming right now, we are all on edge.  Purple increases creativity. Having one thing on your mind (yes I am talking about you C-19), blocks any original thought from getting through, buy some Hyacinths or Irises!  Bright yellow, pink, peach or lilacs have an uplifting effect on your mood. Many of you may not have these colors in your closet, but look around your house – are there items you own that have these colors?  Display them in your office. If you have kids ask them to draw you a picture with these colors for your home office. Bonus points for keeping the kids busy.

Now, if you are a red person – go for it!  Red gives your energy…..but red can also increase your appetite – maybe not a good idea if you are in the house all day. Just something to think about.

Cecile Charlton, Executive Director

The DCTMA advocates for the use of transportation demand management  strategies, educating businesses and employees on telework and other transportation alternatives.  The DCTMA hopes to keep your spirits up with our tips for telework. Stay safe and stay healthy.

DCTMA TDM Outreach through Social Media- Request for Proposals

The DCTMA has been awarded a Transportation Demand Management (TDM)  grant for outreach through social media.  We are in search of a social media marketing company to take on the task of managing our social media pages.  If you are interested in learning more, please take a look at the Request for Proposals (RFP) here: DCTMA TDM Outreach through Social Media RFP