Just a few weeks ago we said “Nice, I could do with working from home a little.” Whereas now we think “oh my goodness, when will it end?!” Here is some advice from Doctor Paola Pugina, not only on the how to work smartly, but also on how to have the right approach.
In fact, there is a difference between choosing to work from home and finding yourself having to do it overnight and, even if all those who work in this sector know what a collaboration system is, for some, Smart Working is an absolute novelty. Some argue that this method of work yields more and indeed, by organising one’s time at best, it can become a virtuous and replicable model even after the emergence of Coronavirus. In short, if managed well it does well. We must be careful to overcome repercussions and difficulties, not only with the right means but also with the right approach.
In fact, many are at home with their children or other family members, therefore struggling to carve out the necessary spaces. Adapting and finding a productive routine can be frustrating. However, as advised by Doctor Pugina, which we obtained (strictly!) over the phone, or rather by videoconference: “We must be creative and invent things that we can do and which satisfy us in this new dimension, such as the possibility of eating at home and having a healthier diet, or allowing ourselves a nap if necessary. You have to work on acceptance, perhaps even by practicing meditation and yoga.”
But how best to face the new life of Smart Worker?
- Prepare as if you are going to work
- Set up the workplace, looking for a space to work undisturbed
- Keep breaks and timetables in your plan, even if you organise the times in a more flexible way. In fact, it is necessary to keep private and working life separate
- Always have a ‘to-do list’ and a schedule: the risk of not having this is not finishing anything properly and this then impacts the following day’s plan
- Do not let yourself be distracted by non-professional interactions (TV, Facebook, mobile phone etc.)
- Be clear with your family members: you are working and it is not a forced holiday!
Paola Pugina told us: “We are all in this situation, we are adapting and this makes us feel united, perhaps even more human. We must also be a little lenient with ourselves, but not by working in pyjamas or putting off work, because the stress risk becomes very high. We can become very nervous at the end of the week because we have not met the deadlines, and in addition we are closed off at home and we do any sport.”
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