Since Monday March 16, 2020, and until further notice, a large number of employees have been encouraged to telecommute to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic. Some advice to better manage this situation.
1. Create a dedicated workspace
2. Keep your habits
3. Set goals and communicate
4. Learn to disconnect
5. Establish rules of life for the whole family
6. Parents and couples: share the load
“This epidemic is the most serious health crisis that France has known in a century,” said Emmanuel Macron during his speech Thursday, March 12. And in exceptional situations exceptional measures. Thus, all employees whose function allows it are called to telework at home, in order to slow the spread of the virus.
While this working method usually avoids the stress of public transport, traffic jams or other inconveniences in office life, it is not always easy to apply. Especially since parents, kindergartens, colleges and high schools have closed, parents also have to manage their children at home. How best to organize to stay calm and efficient?
CREATE A DEDICATED WORKSPACE
Navigating between your bed, your sofa and your coffee table is not ideal for concentrating. The priority for working at home is to define a specific work area. This will allow you not only to better focus on your missions, but also to maintain the balance between your private and professional sphere. If you don’t have a home office, or don’t have enough space, a dining table corner will do the trick. If possible, choose an isolated space to be able to escape the stresses of your children. You will have the impression that you can let go psychologically by leaving this space, and vice versa.
KEEP YOUR HABITS
To limit the impact of telework on your balance, it is essential to preserve certain rituals. Nothing prevents you from delaying your awakening for a few minutes or from working to music, but be sure to maintain certain morning habits. Parents, children… confinement should not encourage you to stay in your pajamas for two weeks. Get in motion: wash, dress, make-up if you feel the need. Those nostalgic for public transport could even take inspiration from this professor:
SET GOALS AND COMMUNICATE
To stay motivated, nothing like setting goals and deadlines – realistic. There are many sources of distraction at home. Without a roadmap, you risk losing motivation and losing efficiency. The other downside to working from home is isolation. To remedy this, do not hesitate to rely on your colleagues: calls, video conference, sms, emails … Many technical tools allow today to work in a team or manage projects remotely. Likewise, if you are having scheduling difficulties, please share them with your colleagues to find the best organization.
LEARN TO DISCONNECT
We can never repeat it enough: in telework as in the office you have to set limits and stick to them. Teleworking should not be synonymous with vacation or hard work. Fixed schedules will allow you to compartmentalize your activities. Give yourself breaks, disconnect from social networks (also useful for fighting anxiety linked to the spread of information around the disease), cuddle your cat or dog, and above all resist the temptation to throw yourself on episodes of series at noon … If necessary, configure alerts on your smartphone to respect your time slots.
ESTABLISH RULES OF LIFE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Who says confinement says proximity and cohabitation. Not always easy. Hence the importance of collectively establishing rules of life to prevent many situations. Children in particular must be made aware of the situation: set up schedules for games, homework, meals so that they keep their bearings. Explain that you too need time to work, and that there are certain things you need to follow, such as not to disturb yourself in your workspace. And it is not this father who will say the opposite:
PARENTS AND COUPLES: SHARE THE LOAD
Without school, the older kids can be independent at home, but the younger kids often need more attention. If you live as a couple, do not hesitate to divide the roles with your other half. One can supervise the children while working, while the other isolates, then alternate. Naps, cartoons… Optimize all the moments available.