Coronavirus: 7 tips to combine telecommuting and efficiency

Many companies encourage or force their employees to work from home because of
coronavirus.

To work effectively at home, it is necessary to organize well. Here's how.
In the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, telework is becoming increasingly
important for businesses. In his televised address on Thursday evening, Emmanuel
Macron explicitly asked companies "when possible" to allow their employees to use
telework.

Millions of employees, unaccustomed to working from home, will have to drastically change
their habits. Here's how to maintain productivity while working from your living room.

1/ Put on an outfit

The temptation is great to start your work day in your pajamas or underpants. But it's a big
mistake. It is important to dress at a minimum to distinguish between work and domestic life
and to be in the right frame of mind to get to work.

If you don't need to wear a suit or put on an uncomfortable sweater, you'll be more likely to
be productive if you're wearing a shirt and jeans instead of the worn/jogging t-shirt combo.
And if your boss decides to call you for a video conference, you won't need to change at
full speed.

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2/ Create your workspace

Working on your bed or couch is a big no. If you don't have the chance to have an office at
home, find time to set up a space - even a small one - to be able to work serenely. Do not
hesitate, if necessary, to invest in an ergonomic seat especially if you suffer from back
pain. If your home is not bathed in natural light, adding artificial light sources such as
halogens or booster lamps can be a good compromise.

3/ Avoid temptations

For some people, working from home is a real ordeal. Away from the eyes of your
colleagues, you can more easily watch videos on Youtube, follow all the latest information
about coronavirus or browse social networks. To avoid pitfalls, create a playlist of songs
that help you focus. A devilishly effective method tested and approved by your servant.

4/ Plan schedules

If you're the workaholic type, it's important to set the rules with your employer so you don't
get overwhelmed and still be in front of your screen at 8 p.m. It is best to keep the same
working time as usual. There is no question of using the pretext of working from home to
make up for your sleep hours or, conversely, to continue sending emails at 8pm.

5/ Staying in touch with colleagues

With telecommuting, your colleague who complains all the time or the one who speaks too
loudly in the open space will no longer annoy you. If you're happy at first, remember to
keep in close contact with those you're used to seeing every day of the week. In short,
don't "death" on the pretext that you work from home.
Responding to emails addressed to you, keeping your phone close and being available for
a last-minute videoconference meeting are the minimum you can do.

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6/ Take breaks

Like when you're at the office, it's important to give yourself a few resting beaches to take
a breather. Don't sacrifice your lunch break on the pretext that you're at home. Is your
15-hour coffee sacred? There is no question of losing this good habit.
Well known to freelancers, freelancers and freelancers, the 50/10 method can help you in
your work organization. This technique consists of splitting your time into a cycle of 50
minutes of work (without giving in to any temptation) and a 10-minute break.

7/ Follow the advice of a pro

What could be better than listening to the tricks of a professional who has been
telecommuting for almost 20 years? Guillaume Champeau advises you to adopt... A cat.
Yes you read it right, a cat to boost your efficiency.
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