Do you work from home? We want to give you tips to improve this experience!
Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home became the norm for many, and work and household dynamics changed.
New dynamics, better performances, more innovation, and less traffic jams are some of the advantages that have been obtained thanks to working from home. We also know that sometimes work-related tasks can get mixed in with household chores, so that’s why we want to share these tips with you.
1. A Designated Area
Deciding on a place inside your home for work-related tasks is one of the most important steps. This will help separate the work environment from areas of rest and other activities.
In addition, it is important to consider lighting, ventilation, as well as posture while being in front of a screen for long periods of time.
2. Organize and Plan
You can make to-do lists, using physical planners or digital platforms, whatever works best for you. When organizing and planning your day, you can get a clearer picture of what tasks are more urgent and begin working from there. This can be done when you start work each day, or at the start of your week.
3. Visual Fatigue
Spending many hours in front of a screen, whether it is a computer, tablet or cellphone, can cause visual fatigue. So, we want to give you 3 exercises that you can do from home:
While seated, and without moving your head, look towards the ceiling. Then, gently, have your eyes make circular movements, clockwise. Repeat this movement three times, then close your eyes. Once you’ve finished, you can repeat the exercise, this time moving your eyes counterclockwise.
Place a sticky note on a window at eye level. For 1 minute, alternate your focus between the sticky note and another object outside the window (like a streetlight or another building). This is an adjustment exercise and it will help strengthen the eye’s muscles so it can focus on different distances.
Close your eyes for a few seconds and let them rehydrate. During prolonged work with a screen we reduce the frequency with which we blink.
Physical movement is vital, not just for those working from home but to care for our overall health. Whether you go to the gym or workout at home, it is important to keep the body moving and make up for the hours we spend in front of a screen.
5. The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique helps with time management, as it proposes creating 30- minute periods, using a stopwatch or timer, where you work on a specific task for 25 minutes and then, rest the other five. Applying this technique varies regarding the tasks you have to do, but it could be an option to consider, either for the majority of the time or on occasion.
Working from home gave us incredible changes to our routines, like not facing the rush hour at the start and end of our workday. And taking care of our mental health is still vital. Respecting schedules, disconnecting ourselves from our work at the end of the day, doing our favorite activities are things we should continue to do.
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