As more and more PR agencies in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East imply work from home (WFH) policies to face Coronavirus lock down, there are a few struggling with adjusting to remote work. For example, the lack of remote access to certain software we rely on for our work, unable to manage the logistics of product reviews, not able to build or maintain a personal face to face relationship with clients, media and colleagues.
While the first few days are exciting, we are beginning to long for the structure of working from office, which somehow seems to be more productive for brainstorming, which is a constant activity in our day to day work.
Some of the team members begin to fall behind and get stressed, because they are distracted and unable to organize themselves for the new routine of working from home, some are irritated with the day to day use of technology that sometimes breaks down, and background noise of family members chatting away.
For some reason, the work load seems to be more when WFH. Maybe its the strain on the eyes brought about by the constant use of gadgets to stay in touch with colleagues. Do you feel the same?
Of course, there are a few benefits like not having to spend time in commute but then commuting is also an opportunity to get outside and observe or meet people you share public transport with. Soon you begin to miss your daily commute too, it feels so much better than being shut in complete lock down without a glimpse of the real world. After all, we are social creatures. Though we believe, this too shall pass, there are a few things that will help fix the constant exhaustion you are feeling from trying to adapt to WFH.
First things first -fixing the sleep schedule, this generally implies sleeping at a practical time, which also means turning off all gadgets before going to bed, and spend some time in meditation to relax your muscles after a long day of sitting in front of the computer.
Next, ensure you are taking regular breaks during the day, make sure you rest for 5 minutes every 2 hours to move your body and rest your eyes. For example, you can go for a short stroll to get a bottle of water, while you let your mind unwind.
After work, give your brain an opportunity to have a break. This implies escape from all gadgets for an hour and invest your energy in cleaning up, drinking some tea, or reading a book, etc…
You have to organize your day by creating a structure for example:
- Wake up at 6:30 am, reflect, and plan for day
- Have your breakfast and focus on your most significant errand
- Afterwards take a walk around your house or exercise
- Shower and get ready for work from home
Having a structure will reduce stress and help you plan out your days more successfully and you will be lively and active.
Have a nice day and enjoy your work from home time and share with us your experience