As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across the country, most Singaporeans are telecommuting to stem the spread of the virus. For many of us, working from home for weeks on end is new territory and as such, it is easy to feel stressed when trying to adapt to a change in environment. As we appear to be far from the end of this global pandemic, telecommuting may well continue for an extended period. For your well-being, we would like to share 5 tips that have helped our Nuffield Dental staff while they telecommute.
We hope that these tips will help you keep motivated, focused, and healthy during this time!
Start Your Day Off Right
Wake up early and get dressed as you normally would. The simple act of changing your clothes can serve as a reminder that it is time to get work done. We have all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now that you can save on commuting time, spare some time in the morning to prepare yourself a healthy and hearty breakfast.
Create A Comfortable Work Environment
Keeping a designated work area in your home will make it easier for you to stay mentally focused. That could be a spare bedroom or even your dining room. Ensure that you have access to the necessary resources at home so that you can remain productive and efficient. If you are taking part in video conferences from home, make sure that you have a background that you are comfortable with having others see or if you are using Zoom, check out their background filter function.
Make A Schedule
Time is not an infinite resource, so plan your day realistically. Set a work schedule and stick to it. Segment and prioritise your tasks to make the most out of your time. If you have an online calendar, creating personal and task reminders to notify you when it is time to start on a new task can be a great way to stay organised. Not only do routines give you structure and thereby lessen stress and mental fatigue, but they also help you increase your happiness quotient and be more productive.
It is easy for us to get caught up in work while working from home, that we forget to take breaks altogether. However, it is essential to take time to refresh your mind and body. Do some breathing exercises, grab a healthy snack or take a walk around your neighbourhood (while keeping a safe distance from others, of course). Keep in mind that short breaks throughout the day can make all the difference in helping you to clear your mind to tackle the rest of your day.
End Your Day On Time
Although working from home may seem like you have a greater work-life balance, that is not always the case. When working from home in a comfortable environment, it is easy to be absorbed in your tasks that you lose track of time. Set end-of-day targets and definitive end times for each day so that you will know that your workday has come to an end. This will help you manage your time and mental energy to gear up for the following day.
Although these are minor adjustments that you can take, small steps can go a long way in helping you feel like you are taking care of yourself. Take good care and stay safe and healthy. Nuffield Dental looks forward to taking care of you the next time we see you in one of our clinics.