The Circuit Breaker has resulted in most of us in Singapore working from home, attending work meetings in our sarong or shorts. Many of us describe working remotely as a double-edge sword — we get to stay home, we have all the flexibility when it comes to time and dress code – however it can be harder to focus on actually working. Plus, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those who enjoy socialising at work.
Here we have some tips on how to stay productive yet happy and sane while working from home.
Leverage on technology
With access to the Internet, you won’t really run out of ideas or resources. There are apps that help to set your focus time, to remind you to take a break, to create polls etc.
Create a new-normal schedule
Accept the fact that we’re facing a new reality, and your usual routines might not work at home. In fact, trying to stick to your old schedule might make you feel more stressed out.
Set the mood like you are going into the office
When working from home, do all the things you’d do to prepare for an office role: Set your alarm, make coffee, wear nice clothes. But we don’t mean you have to wear office attire or do your hair. Be comfortable!
Log out of social media
It’s easy to fall into the time-sucking rabbit hole of social media when you’re working from home. Logging out is a guarantee that you won’t be tempted into taking too many social breaks during the day.
Find a buddy
Find a colleague you can hit up when you’re feeling the need to chat with someone. Alternatively, buddy up with a friend who works elsewhere and is going through the same experience.
Every hour or so, step back from your desk and spend five minutes doing stretches. It helps to keep you from overworking, plus makes you feel energised.
Make an effort to smile more! Be it taking 5 minutes to read the jokes section of the Reader’s Digest, or simply look out the window, count your blessings and smile at the world.
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