How to Be More Effective When You’re Working RemotelyRabia Altunay
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we can say that working from home has become the “new normal” for the business world. While it was a working model that was the dream of every employee in the past and that companies were just starting to implement this model, we have suddenly found ourselves working from home. Yes, dreams have come true, but I think we all have experienced that working from home is not quite what it was dreamed of.
It’s really hard to focus and work when there are so many things at home that can distract us. On the other hand, our routine of going to work and coming home has completely disappeared, we have not known where the business begins and ends from a psychological point of view. There are no more coffee breaks and lunches where we can socialize. Although working from home has some advantages such as the extra time it saves us during the day, it is obvious that working efficiently is more difficult at home than in an office; however, of course, not impossible! It is possible for us to modify the current conditions a little and work more focused. An article published in the Harvard Business Review offers very useful strategies in this regard. We have summarized it for you.
- Give yourself a certain amount of time before starting work as if you were going to work every morning and also plan your day. Although we complain about getting up early in the morning and going to work, using public transport and the time spent in traffic, this time we spend every morning before being buried in pre-work jobs is very valuable as it prepares us for work psychologically. While working from home, a short morning workout before turning on our computer, a coffee after breakfast or planning your day will surely be pretty good.
- Celebrate the end of work every evening. Did you know that there is even a word for that in German? The word “Feierabend” is used in Germany to celebrate the moment when the work is done, and we turn off the computer. We can do this while working in the office, we turn off our computers, wish everyone good evening, and throw ourselves into the street, and this is a routine that relieves us. Living this transition while working from home does not give the same pleasure. So, it can be a good idea to take a short walk, call a friend or have a drink after work.
- Rather than getting lost in the “to do” list every day, determine the “must-do” work for that day and complete it. If we add the correspondence and Zoom meetings on the messaging platforms to the e-mail traffic that is more than normal when working from home, it is very possible that we will feel helpless among the dozens of things we will do Research shows that the resulting sense of accomplishment is likely to have a significant impact on your happiness if we identify the work that must be completed for that day and focus on finishing it first.
- Make sure to create a time period in your calendar that you will not be disturbed for the important things of that day. We should have a certain time frame in our calendar where we can work by silencing everything that distracts us between the endless meetings and messaging that we mentioned in the previous article and focusing on our work.
- Finally, take time to socialize. This is a bit difficult in the pandemic period, but it will be good to plan harmless activities we can do with our friends. Even online.
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