The thought of remote working always seems so appealing. You get to cut out the stress and cost of commuting to and from work, and you have unrestricted access to your comfort zone.
However, most people who have transitioned to remote work do not have the experience or knowledge needed to work from home productively. In a bid to meet team goals, deliver results and maintain corporate targets, it is very easy to develop remote working fatigue. And if left unresolved, can lead to reduced productivity, burn out, and non-actualization of the remote workers’ potentials.
Whether you are constantly having Video Calls on Zoom, Skype or TEAMS, or hiding in your workspace while your kids are screaming and shattering things around the house, these tips can help your curb remote working fatigue.
Use Structured Breaks to Optimize Concentration and Performance:
Make it a habit to take 5-10 minutes break in between meetings or work to walk around, do simple stretching/breathing exercises and replicate the type of break you would have had in the office.
Utilize a Video Pause for Video calls (As long as you’re not the Speaker!):
It would help if you considered turning off your video for a couple of minutes. This allows you to destress and focus less on how you look/appear to everyone else. You could even take a short break to relax your nerves and then continue the meeting.
Don’t Make Your Bedroom Your Remote Workstation:
Ensure that your choice of workspace in your living quarters is not your bedroom as the chances that you will wear out faster there is higher. Consider setting up for remote working workspace in the basement (if you have one), the kitchen (if you’re not hooked on food), the living room or anywhere else but your bedroom!
Prepare A Daily Scheduler And Adhere Strictly:
Ensure that you have your day planned out with specific tasks and reward yourself after ticking each task off the list. The tasks should not be too much and should have rest periods in between. Chick here to see 5 tools that can help you maintain productivity while working from home.
Make Use Of Short, Structured Water/Exercise breaks:
Plan your schedule in such a manner that you have brief periods for taking water and exercising lightly while you work. This helps to sharpen your mental alertness while keeping you physiologically fresh and more productive.
Don’t Try To Do It All In One Day:
Realize that you are not a Superhero, hence the more work you try to do, the more stressed you will be and the less productive and error-prone you may become. Don’t clog it all into one day. Defer non-urgent, unfinished work to other days. Unless absolutely necessary, never work more hours than you would have done at work.
Make Time Out For Human Interaction:
If you live with family members or friends, ensure to take short conversational breaks to interact with them in between work. It helps you destress.
Set And Stick To Priorities:
Realize that work never finishes! As such, prioritize work into: what is urgent from what is essential, what is urgent and important and what is not urgent nor important.
Start A Reward System:
Plan to reward yourself after every target met or item ticked off your To-Do List. This could be as simple as saying you will earn a Cookie after finishing a task. This drives you to get over the line faster.
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