By Simon Peter
Remote working, has always been present in a working environment, from Skype sessions with international clients and constant virtual meets, to conducting and attending interviews, and organising projects involving different divisions at your workplace.
The pandemic has modified and acknowledged the importance and need for remote working. This is the new norm, where businesses and economies are adapting to, and working around changes.
To help you navigate through these changes, here are some tips to help you adapt to working online:
1.Establish Clear Communication with Colleagues
We humans are social creatures, the lone wolf without its pack have lesser chances of survival compared to a pack with designated roles. An active communication with colleagues, superiors and other roles within your company can help you adapt quickly. Everyone is going through the same, so why not talk about it and challenge the issue at hand together. According to the Harvard Business Review (2021), a study was done with 151 workers on a 15-day period, where they were encouraged to have “small talk” throughout their workday. It was concluded, having time to converse about random topics was inspiriting to the workers. However too much of small talk can serve as a distraction, which has pros and cons by itself.
2.Recharge with Power Naps
The clear difference of working from home and working in the office is, you are responsible for your time and how you spend it, without the gawking of your superiors. Napping on the job has never been easier, but do it with discipline and your productivity levels can sky rocket. A study conducted by the Harvard Medical School (2009) suggests, a 15 to 20-minute nap can boost focus levels and reduce feeling of drowsiness. Screen fatigue is a very real issue face by students and working adults that rely on the use of their computers. A quick 20-minute nap however is a great method for fixing it.
3.Get Rid of Distractions
Imagine having to write an article while your cat tries to pronounce the vowels to you. The urge to pick up your phone and record your cat’s performance would be constantly disrupting your flow of thoughts. The commonsensical thing do, is to deal with such distractions, before sitting yourself down to get work done. People tend to succumb to distractions, especially during work, to get their hit on some good ole dopamine. Put your phone on silent, designate a distraction-free space for work, have a glass of water ready and make sure your desk is tidy. Setting aside a reward can also motivate you to focus on getting work done. Having dealt with your distractions, you are consequentially setting yourself up to get into “work-mode”.
Establishing your home as a substitute for the office can be a challenge at first, but proper planning and understanding of how your mind works best is key to setting up the perfect working environment.