The survey shows that 50% of people who work from home because of the epidemic are out of balance between work and life due to increased workload and time. Are you one of them? How can I adapt to and manage the new routine of Where are 10 suggestions?
Feudal countries and restrictions on movement around the world make most people start work from home (WFH), and some people are happy while others face many difficulties. People who have children at home and need to take care of work and family face greater pressure. Being unable to go out, an unknown future, worrying about the health of your family, worrying about losing your job, etc. are all sources of stress.
One of the many effects of the sudden change is that when not in the office, people need to be seen as contributing to the company, having a productive and beneficial feeling about their work. If you don’t do more and take longer, there will be a feeling of guilt, which also leads to people’s reluctance to leave the computer and work overtime. Yesterday, I saw my friend with a tired face and said: I really want to go back to work in the office. It’s just a dinner (and it’s 9pm to have time for dinner), and she has as many as 90 unread work messages!
How to adapt and manage the efficiency when working at home, while considering the personal physical and mental health? Experts make 10 suggestions：
If there is enough space, please arrange a place dedicated to work at home and clearly explain the start and end of “office hours” with your family. Making notes on the work calendar with colleagues will also help promote a healthy work pattern in the team. Such measures will help to distinguish between the “work” and “family” parts of life. Similarly, this can also effectively prevent you from losing your focus at work. For people with children, it is particularly tricky to stay focused when working at home. You can consider arranging time with other family members to take turns taking care of the children.
Focus only on what really matters (in the moment) every day
You must clearly know what important matters and tasks you should pay attention to. At the beginning of each working day, decide which main tasks to perform first. Focus on these and communicate with your team, and encourage your colleagues to do the same, which will ensure that all of you work together for the same goal and focus on the right things. This will also help improve work efficiency, allowing you to get a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, and more likely to “get out of work” and enjoy the night.
If necessary, say “No” to the job/task
In this rapidly changing era, the focus of work is changing almost every day. Therefore, you need to have the confidence and belief to say no to tasks that will not help you or the company achieve what is important at present. People who habitually overwork are usually considered “likable people”. In contrast, facing is not a priority now, you need to learn the skills of “SAY NO”. If you must need to perform one or two additional tasks, please try to do what you can do during the original working hours, while providing some solutions.
Let the people who live with you know the situation clearly
If you live with people who work different working hours, such as people who still need to go out to work during administration, or who don’t need to work at all now, misunderstandings can easily arise between them. Working from home does not mean that you can buy things for your family and chat with your roommates at any time. Therefore, let the people who live with you know your work and time, not only make you more responsible, but also let them respect your time.
Reduce interference at work
If the epidemic forces you to work from home for the first time, or if you have never completed your work in a “NINE TO FIVE” way, social media or notifications can easily be distracting. Understand that freeing up your energy to focus on one thing will be able to do better. Therefore, it is best to move your phone away from your desk, turn off computer-independent notifications, or delete apps that may be particularly distracting, rather than relying only on “WILLPOWER” to focus on work. You don’t want to complete only four or five hours of work in an eight-hour working day, so you must spend a few days of extra time to catch up.
Arrange lunch break
And don’t eat at your desk! If you can, please eat away from your desk, or go outdoors (balcony or own garden) to breathe fresh air. This will ensure that your lunch break feels like a real break, which will make you more motivated when you resume work in the afternoon.
After the end of the working day：
Close the door of the home office
Or put away the computer. Just saying that working hours are from 9 to 5 is not enough, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, you must leave work and don’t go back until the next morning! Try not to mix family life with work. For many people, “doing a little work” late at night may be harmless. But this may be at the expense of destroying the quality of sleep, consuming more energy the next day, and may also reduce work efficiency.
Turn off and put away the working device
If you can’t do this, at least limit yourself to checking work emails only once or twice at night and log out Skype or other work information software. Use a personal laptop (if any) to handle personal things, such as online shopping, etc.
Do something for yourself
Making your mind understand that you have been working non-stop is the key. You can exercise or cook, in short, is any healthy thing you can do in a different environment from the work environment. Continuing to do this every day will let your brain know that the working day is over, and it is easier to distinguish between work and life.
Focus on positive and positive factors
We may have avoided paying too much attention to negative messages on social media because of working for a long time! Similarly, please try to focus on the positive factors in your life and things to be grateful for. In addition, think about things that you didn’t have time to do at home before, and spend as much time with your family as possible. In fact, we can always do something to distract ourselves and use our time in a healthy and productive way, rather than just browsing social media and feeling anxious due to terrible headlines or overwork.