Hints and tips on working from home

Written by on 20 May 2020

Working remotely is not for everyone and it does come with some pitfalls. With the national lock-down in South Africa going into its fourth week, I have noticed that some of my colleagues are starting to struggle. Some of them seem to have trouble letting go of their work responsibilities and focusing on their personal responsibilities. The result is that some work thoughts follow them to bed making for a bad night’s sleep and a tough day to follow.

Over the years I have found that I can make the break by performing a bit of a ritual that signifies the end of the workday. This way I mentally leave the office and return home. In the past, I would close the door to the study as a symbolic act of closing off my workday and starting my home life. This discipline has served me well over the years. I have now perfected this ritualistic separation to the point where I no longer close the study door. I simply close my work Computer and open my private one and the mental shift has been made. Once this happens, I focus on dealing with my home life.

Obviously, this does not work in extraordinary situations when work stress pile up. It does, however, work very well for me most of the time.

I will close with a quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1

‘For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: ‘

This article was written by Mr Wybrand Conradie, at it first appeared on LinkedIn.


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