How to WFH Again Without Losing Your Mind

Pby 2020, the number of irregular days spent work from home used to feel like a treat, if not a bit daring. It’s a breakthrough from the nonstop go, a respite from back-and-forth encounters in lifeless rooms with ludicrous names.

However, more than a year later Coronavirus Disease and several national strikes that followed – while working from home gave many of us a unique opportunity to continue working and/or maintain some form of income while others were outside front line – it also leaves many of us feeling exhausted, demoralized, and generally pretty bad.

When we were encouraged to return to the office in the summer, many welcomed the balance offered by this new hybrid way of working. We are able to work from home several days a week, which allows us to keep up with life administration and spend time taking care of our pets and children, then we can meet face-to-face colleagues. his career on other days, breaking up the week with active collaboration.

Despite the challenges of working full-time from home, there are things we can do, such as defining boundaries and being mindful of motivation, to give us some peace of mind and peace of mind. help us take care of ourselves as we have finished the rest of this crisis.

Here are a few things you can try.

Set and enforce boundaries

You will first need to be familiar with setting and enforcing boundaries for your work and household. The key to this is that you also have to be consistent with those boundaries – there’s no point in setting or communicating boundaries if you’re not willing to follow consistent practice and be considered on a daily basis. (Boredom, I know!)

A good first step is to be clear with your colleagues and managers about what times you are available and unavailable for meetings or to respond to emails or texts – for example, making sure your team knows what time you plan to be. work that day or week, “We don’t have babysitting this week so I will be shifting my hours from 7am to 3pm.”

But in addition to communicating your needs, you also need to be mindful that your behavior is consistent with what you claim to need. You have to show your clients/colleagues/boss that when you say “I am out from 1-2pm” you are really not available and unresponsive at that time. You have to train the people you work with to respect your time by actually respecting it.

You have to train the people you work with to respect your time by actually respecting it

With family, partners or people you live with – setting these boundaries on your time and energy is definitely more difficult. Say “I’m in” Launch meeting from 10 to 4 pm, I must not disturb! ‘ for children when you close the door face to face probably won’t work. This also probably won’t work for your partner or housemate in the long run, because, you share the space you live in.

But announce your schedule each morning, chat about who can answer the delivery door that day, who can walk the dog, and notify when you have higher priority calls you need. really being uninterruptible would make a big difference. . (As would be that awkward conversation about how loud your partner talks in Zoom calls.)

Motivation, ambition and acceptance

Until we can all get back to some form of ‘normal’ office work again, accepting the impact of remote work has taken its toll on career growth, motivation and goals. Our goal is very important. I’d say there are solid ways to maintain the same level of achievement and progress in your current job while we’re working remotely during a global pandemic, but honestly, I don’t. thought it was reproducible.

Both management and staff need to accept that the past 21 months have not been normal – and in the same way that students are not expected to take the test this summer, perhaps we shouldn’t be judged and watched. By the same standards as before – so is the pandemic.

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We also need to be mindful and forgiving of our motivation levels at this time. First, you don’t have to be ambitious or goal-oriented right now if you’re focused on surviving, recovering, and keeping yourself resilient for the life you love. It’s also totally fine if you just set the minimum to the minimum at work right now. Honest. If you only have about 35% of yourself to give right now, that’s fine.

If you only have about 35% of yourself to give right now, that’s fine

To keep your work safe, focus on delivering only what you want delivered on time and prepared for the meetings you plan to attend. Also, how do people really know that you’re giving a percentage of what you can do in ‘normal time’? (Spoiler alert: they won’t!)

On the other hand, if you’re craving a challenge and want to achieve a specific goal or two, go for it! But, and it’s huge but, remember when and where. If you hope to achieve X, plan your strategy and milestones for how you will get there in a different way than you might otherwise, such as in 2019.

The importance of empathy

In addition to being mindful and kind to ourselves in relation to our goals and motivations, and setting important boundaries – integral to helping us all get through these next no matter how many weeks or even months of working from home, being flexible and empathetic with our colleagues.

So while we need to put barriers around our time and narrow the limits of our exposure when working from home – we also need to increase empathy and total awareness. what our colleagues are dealing with. It’s a delicate balance.

The more respect and empathy you have for yourself and the boundaries and people of others, the more tolerable everything will be. We are all trying our best. We all need more than anyone can really give us right now – but knowing and accepting this will make things much more bearable, even on high-stakes lives. Call Zoom.

Cate Sevilla is a journalist and author of the book “How to Work Without Losing Your Mind”. You can buy it here. How to WFH Again Without Losing Your Mind


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