Rebelote. With this confinement n°2, many French people will have to (re)work from home for the coming month. Set an alarm clock, impose fixed hours, get dressed... For those who can afford it, here are our tips for teleworking effectively.
1. Schedule your alarm clock
To telecommute in good conditions, it is necessary to impose a rythme, ideally modeled on that of the office. Of course you can sleep a little more but it is not because you work from home that you have to allow yourself a lie-in! Get up at a fixed time remains a good way to prepare for a day's work.
2. Get ready
If it is true that there is a little tempting side to it, working in pajamas is absolutely not motivating. So, force yourself to get dressed and make it a point of honor to preserve your daily routine : shower, make-up, breakfast… Getting ready as if you were going to spend the day with your colleagues helps to get into the “work” state of mind and to concentrate.
3. Define your workspace
Contrary to popular belief, working from home is not necessarily easy, especially if you work in a place not intended for this purpose. Forget the sofa – even worse, your bed! – and set up a small desk, quiet.
4. Allow yourself breaks
To be truly effective, prepare a planning of the day and a to-do list to be followed to the letter. Finally, take breaks from 10 minutes every 2 hours… Take the opportunity to get some fresh air, make yourself a little coffee or even have lunch with a loved one. Don't stay locked up all day.
5. Turn off all distractions
Music, social networks, television, Netflix… At home, the entertainment are large and present. So, we make arrangements: turn off the TV, put your phone on silent and cut the Notifications. Reserve SMS and social networks for your breaks, in order to stay truly productive. If the silence worries you, opt for a little background music.
6. Avoid eating in front of the computer
If you work in the living room, settle in another room (or even outside) for lunch in order to disconnect well. Plan an hour break for lunch, just like you would at the office. No question of eating a dish prepared in 15 minutes in front of the computer, take time for yourself!
7. Respect office hours
Separating private life and professional life is certainly the most difficult golden rule of telework to respect! Only, it is not because the office invites itself to the house that we should no longer separate our work time and our free time. Thus, we simply resume our working hours (for example 9:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.) and we stick to it! Of course, emergencies happen and we can exceptionally work until 20 p.m., but we don't make it a habit.
By Melanie Hroorakvit