Many people these days have to work remotely. Despite the various challenges, this change has at least one major advantage: saving time by eliminating waste. However, it seems that we still have little time to do things! The tips in this article will help you manage your time while telecommuting.
Most of us have a laid back attitude when it comes to painting a picture about ourselves and our family. But a review of data collected from 12,000 American and European citizens says otherwise. This extra time is often spent doing things and hobbies that are neither productive nor satisfying. Having more time does not necessarily mean using it efficiently. In the following, we will tell you what to do to prevent this from happening.
Lesson one: Do not combine work and life
Without an office, it becomes difficult to define the boundary between work and home. Although commuting to work and home is stressful and frustrating for many, getting rid of them can be frustrating. Moving from home to work and vice versa helps to change people’s mental state. Without it, it becomes difficult to separate work from personal life. Instead of turning off the computer and going to the bus and subway station, people work harder than usual. This overtime is not always productive.
According to research, people in telecommuting spend a lot of time in various policy meetings, without effective collaboration and productive work. Under Parkinson’s law, people continue to work as long as they have time. As a result, extra time due to the elimination of traffic is spent more work; A job that is less productive.
Lesson Two: Saving Time Instead of Losing It
People usually do not use their extra time properly. Research has shown that non-reactive activities, such as watching television, increase sharply during the corona epidemic, while active activities, such as volunteering or socializing with others, decrease. Although a little inactive activity is beneficial for relaxation, studies show that these types of activities are less likely to bring happiness and contentment.
Of course, the corona epidemic has made it difficult to perform many active activities; But there are many creative ways to do such activities with social distance: from fun at home to distance sports.
In times of epidemic crisis, it is natural to struggle to increase productivity. Therefore, it is recommended to pay attention to calming and relaxation.
How can we spend our extra time properly doing things that make us happy and healthy? Follow these 6 tips.
1. Find an alternative to commuting
For many of us, commuting is a way to get into work; But this change of position does not necessarily have to be in the form of physical movement by car and bus. Just find an activity that simplifies the transition to work status.
According to research, most people prefer about 16 minutes to get to and from work. In addition, people who are happy with their travels often spend this time planning for the day ahead. So start telecommuting with a 15-minute schedule. You can do this while walking in the morning. Walking is an active activity that helps reduce stress.
2. Have a certain habit of finishing work
To finish, consider a specific activity. It does not matter if you are drinking a special drink or running or hanging out with friends. Think of an action as a sign of completion. The activity you choose should motivate you to continue the day: it can be an incentive for things you have done before or anything that makes you happy and satisfied.
3. Limit daily workload
Our to-do list is usually incomplete. Instead of dwelling on the task at hand, focus on one important issue each day. This must be done under any circumstances. Do your best to do it. Factors such as emails and incoming messages are constantly distracting; So focusing on priorities is a worthwhile achievement. So you feel good about doing the right thing at the right time. This is something that research confirms.
4. Take time to consciously focus on important tasks
Be careful not to waste your whole day online. To do this, take time for very important tasks that are not urgent. According to research, taking the time to focus on these tasks while eliminating distractions will make you feel more effective and less tired. This increases productivity and reduces stress by avoiding focusing on constraints and low-value tasks.
5. Do not neglect socializing
With the above tricks, you can prevent wasting some of your time; But gaining time alone is not worth it. What matters is what you do with your time. Do you spend time with friends and acquaintances? Do you exercise? Do you volunteer?
After work, it is best to spend time on active activities. It does not have to be laborious. According to research, short social interaction (face to face or virtual) is effective in promoting health. Ganeshgar’s 10 to 20 minute recreation activity does the same. You are not going to spend 2 hours a day socializing with others. A 20-minute walk or chat with friends is enough.
You can do recreational activities and socializing with others at the same time; For example, exercise with your friend or go for a walk. This is an arrow and two badges. In addition, accompanying others makes it easier to achieve goals.
6. Try new time management methods
These days we are all looking to make the most of our time. It is good to try new time management methods under normal circumstances and after removing the current restrictions. Regardless of the limitations of the corona epidemic, try different daily and weekly schedules and see which method works best for you.
In short, the more time we have, the more important it is how we use it. It’s entirely up to us.
How much do you care about the optimal use of time? Do you have a specific way to achieve this goal? If you do telecommuting, what trick do you have to keep the balance between work and personal life? In the age of corona, reading your experience can be fascinating and perhaps instructive for many.