- privilege /PRIV-uh-lij/
- surreal /suh-REE-uhl/
- isolated /AHY-suh-ley-tid/
- productivity /proh-duhk-TIV-i-tee/
- eliminate / ih-LIM-uh-neyt/
- focus /FOH-kuhs/
- acknowledge /ak-NOL-ij/
[noun] – a right or advantage that only a small number of people have
Only the trusted employees were given the privilege of traveling to other countries with their families.
[adjective] – like a dream, strange
Living in another country feels surreal, but it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifices.
[adjective] – feeling unhappy because of not seeing or talking to other people
She only feels more isolated now that she moved to a place far from her family.
[noun] –the rate at which a person, company, or country does useful work
The team’s productivity decreased when their manager resigned from her position.
[verb] –to remove or take away someone or something
Listening to music is what my friend does to eliminate her stress.
[noun] –the main or central point of something, especially of attention or interest
Achieving her goals before she reaches 30 is her focus now.
[verb] –to tell someone, usually in a letter or email, that you have received something they sent you
Please acknowledge the email I sent to you this morning, it’s urgent.
Working from home might feel surreal: doing your tasks with music on the background while allowing you to work according to your preferences and needs. But, it could also get lonely. It could make you busy but you’d feel isolated in the long run. You could also feel working a little too long even if you already finished your working hours.
Having said that, here are some best practices for people to stay well balanced while working at the comfort of their homes.
1. Take a break
Even in the office, employees don’t work eight hours straight. Coffee breaks and little chats with your colleagues won’t hurt your productivity. Julie Morgenstern, an organization and productivity consultant said that “It’s not going to take anything from your effectiveness. Stepping away for breaks is part of productivity; they actually make you smarter and give you perspective and answers.”
2. Be organized but not too much
Find quiet spots in your house that match your usual working environment so you could work without being disrupted. But also, consider some places as work-free zones. “You should preserve some spaces in your home that you never do work in. It is very hard to relax at night when you start to associate those spaces with work”, Morgenstern suggested.
3. Repurpose your commute
One of the biggest perks of working from home is eliminating commutes from your routine. You could spend your supposedly travel time to work on exercising or meditating. According to Morgenstern, “Use your commute time in the morning for self-renewal or family time, not work.”
4. Set very clear boundaries
Morgenstern said, “Working from home doesn’t mean you are working more hours.” Stick to your working schedule. Put away your work equipment once you have already logged out. Working from home doesn’t mean not working at all. Basically you need to know the difference between your work life and time off. Remind your household not to disturb you during work hours so you don’t lose your focus.
5. Socialize online with your colleagues
To cope with loneliness, it’s better to build more connections through video tools like Facetime or Zoom. Meetings at least thrice a week could help see each other’s faces and interact with colleagues even if you’re all working apart. Have regular meetings with your team members to update them about your progress when you’re working on a specific project. Acknowledge their messages and ask for collaboration if you need help.
- As mentioned in the article, what are the things that won’t affect your productivity when you’re working?
- What did Julie Morgenstern say about “stepping away for breaks”?
- What is one of the biggest advantages of working remotely based on the article?
- What are the video tools mentioned in the article that could help interact with colleagues?
- Why did Morgenstern suggest to keep work-free zones in the house?
- If you were to work at home, how would you feel about it and why?
- If you were to choose one tip to protect your mental health, which one would you be doing without any difficulties and why?
- What makes you productive at work? Elaborate your answer.
- In your own ways, how would you keep a well-balanced life while working from home?
- What do you usually do when you are not working or during leisure time?