Tips to make your telecommuting time last
It’s been just over 10 months since much of the planet had to stay home to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. With this change, teleworking and virtual classes reached many more people and promoted a more autonomous work dynamic.
This change was also represented in the search for tools and habits that favor good performance and, also, that allow people to quickly adapt to the environment and situations to be effective from anywhere. In that sense, It is important to reduce the time spent on each task and to have an optimal response capacity.
So, establishing routines not only increases productivity and optimization of processes for workers and students, but also provides companies with a much more proactive work team.
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According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), “companies must avoid unhealthy working hours and long working hours in order to prevent negative effects in the short and long term on health, increased risk of accidents, absenteeism rates and decreased productivity ”.
Here are some recommendations to make your work more efficient and effective from home, making the most of working hours.
1. Avoid distractions
It is important that you find a workspace that is not auditory contaminated; for example, ambient sounds, music, or outside conversations can be one of the distracting factors and decrease productivity.
According to the WHO, noise pollution has been considered a public health problem. The advice is to reduce, change or attenuate the ambient noise by friendly sounds. You can turn to technology and buy a device with active noise cancellation; on the market there are different hearing aids with this function.
With this technology, hearing aids detect unwanted sounds with the use of built-in microphones, and emit anti-noise waves to cancel them up to 35dB (decibels).
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2. Plan the day’s tasks
When planning it is easier to accomplish daily tasks and not be distracted by other activities. Then, Producing a descending list not only helps to prioritize tasks and establish an agenda, but it also helps you to give a total overview of all pending tasks; you can make a list for the week and thus have a better idea of what to do.
Yes you can know how to distribute the time. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) specified, in a compendium of indicators for productivity, that the key is to work smart and not work harder.
There are different mobile applications and smartphone functions with which you can have more control and order, thanks to planners in which activities and their level of demand and impact can be listed, as well as having tools such as early warnings that avoid forgetting commitments.
3. Adapt a space
When people went to the offices they had a suitable space that was to work; and when leaving there, it was known that the workday was ending. However, now with virtuality it is important and necessary delimit and adapt a space in the house especially to work or study, in such a way that time control is not lost, and work activities are not prolonged or mingled with moments of relaxation. According to experts, “the place should be comfortable and with good lighting to avoid distractions.”
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4. Set goals
So it sounds very simple, Setting a daily goal serves to be clear about motivations and determine personal commitments. With this, as you meet smaller goals you can also project larger goals and thus achieve great results in professional and personal life.
5. Pauses to think
The load at home may increase for different reasons; household responsibilities, cleaning, children, day-to-day responsibilities that sometimes cause workers to become stressed and find it difficult to be objective and productive.
According to some occupational health professionals, a 10-minute break is required every three hours to regain energy and improve performance. In case the stress level is very high, it is recommended to rest at least 20 minutes.