Thousands of companies have begun telework from home as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic in the world. Even if there are employees and companies that have worked from home for years, this was a new experience for many sectors. The new reality has caused people to have difficulty in setting clear boundaries between their personal and professional lives. This dilemma can hinder the flow of creativity or productivity. As such, people feel the need to embrace a routine, prevent burnout, and stay connected.
Telework has created new circumstances in our lives. For this reason, many people are not confident about their productivity level at home and have committed more time and effort to show commitment and motivation to management than ever before. Furthermore, parents who work remotely have had to play a more active role in their children’s education and care. Parents with one hand follow-up on their children’s online timetable for school, homework, as well as their children’s general well being while teleworking on the other hand. There are also some people who have had difficulty in embracing new daily and weekly routines and due to this have increased difficulty in time management. Consequently, people have increased responsibilities and stress, and look for a way to better balance during these trying times.
After the COVID-19 Pandemic, working remotely may become more popular than before. Therefore, let’s take a look at ways we can improve our lives. Here are 7 ways to stay connected and prevent burnout while working from home.
1. Keep a Long-Term Perspective
Having long-term plans provides the ability to look forward with optimism towards the future and feeling more secure. Feeling of hopefulness and security can sustain you mentally. Long-term plans are not limited to only your profession. All aspects of life can be included such as holiday plans, postgraduate education plans, etc. The more you look towards a long term goal, the more hopeful you will be about the future. Creating order also increases our productivity and concentration levels. A long term perspective helps to keep up positive and look forward to the exciting news that will motivate you to be more creative and enthusiastic.
Therefore, think about your plans for the upcoming winter holiday and next summer holiday. Take the time now to make a plan to read that book or watch that film you’ve had on your reading or watch lists.
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2. Claim Your Workspace
According to various research, your physical environment directly influences your motivation, productivity, and creativity. So, prepare an appropriate workspace for your profession. But, how? What have you needed most at your workplace? Low-level music, a coffee machine, or a table lamp that has better lighting? Firstly, you must determine this. After that, your basic needs are only a desk, chair, and computer. Make sure not to spend your day in bed! Make your workspace work for you!
3. Get Out Of The House And Connect With Friends to Stay Connected
Socializing, sharing feelings and thoughts with others allows us to feel better, and connect socially. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can socialize with your friends in open spaces, public gardens by following social distance protocols and wearing a mask. Therefore, when you go back home to work, you can be more focused and have more energy.
4. Keep Your Phone Out of the Bedroom While Sleeping
Cell phones (as well as tablets, TVs, and other gadgets with LED screens) spread blue light. Blue light prevents the production of the hormone, melatonin that is the sleep-inducing hormone. Furthermore, blue light causes your brain to have difficulty in perceiving the time of day. After you fall asleep late, how will you focus on your work? Most probably, you won’t be able to focus on your work as you want, you may want to spend your time at bed.
Whenever it is time to sleep, turn off your phone and keep all other electronics out of your bedroom as well while sleeping. Improve the quality of your sleep, and your life will improve as well!
5. Opt For Fresh Air Instead Of An Extra Cup Of Coffee
Coffee may make you feel energetic at the moment. However, in the long term, your sleep routine may be disrupted because of caffeine. So, to feel energetic and work with more motivation, get some fresh air while taking a walk or listening to music outside.
Fresh air is a more logical decision than caffeine to be energetic! Get more oxygen in your lungs!
6. Get Out & Smell The Flowers
Breaks cover one of the most important areas in improving work performance and boosting energy. In addition. Breaks prevent burnout and help you stay connected while working remotely.
Take a break! Go for a walk! Furthermore, try meditating or doing fitness in open areas. In this way, you both are more productive in tasks and manage your stress in a healthier way.
7. Take regular breaks
By embracing a regular daily routine such as the Pomodoro technique, you can improve your work performance. Breaks provide you to focus on your job better. According to Pomodoro technique, you work for 25 minutes and that is “A Pomodoro”. After that, you take a five-minute break. By increasing the amount of Pomodoro, you can take breaks for more than five minutes. Consequently, you will live more efficiently and productively at home.