4 Tips To Manage Remote Work And Learning
By Antonietta Marinelli | June 04, 2021
Online learning and remote working are assuming a bigger role in our lives than ever before. A study revealed that full-time remote employees are working an additional 26 hours a month, adding nearly an extra day of work to the week (Catrillon, 2021). Changes such as this can present a challenge not just in the way we work or study, but how we go about managing the outcomes of such a shift.
The days of face-to-face whiteboard discussions, or traditional face-to-face learning is slowly being taken over by the dings on our computer screens or Zoom invites as we transpose into the digital and remote age of learning.
As we continue to progress into the digital age of learning, whether you are new to working remotely or looking to level up, we have provided some handy steps to make the most of working and studying from home:
Ensure you are taking the time to take a break. We sometimes get conflicted with stepping away from our workstation and taking a break, due to the luxury of choosing which space to work remotely from. Pausing throughout the day boosts our energy, improves our focus, increases our motivation, and makes us more effective. Get in the routine of taking a 5 to 7-minute break every hour (Catrillon, 2021). Make sure you are giving yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen, or electronical devices.
In a remote and physically distanced environment it is important that we remain in contact with others – virtually of course! With programs like Microsoft Teams, ZOOM, Skype, and Slack we are all able to remain connected and collaborative as possible. These are great programs in which allow us to maintain face-to-face interactions. As humans, we need to ensure we are remaining communicative and checking in on one another, and to feel that human connection.
Declutter Your Workspace
A study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Centre on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) identified a direct link between stress and clutter. Organize your home working space by getting rid of any unnecessary rubbish, paper, or items. Clutter can also include digital items, like junk mail, unread emails, or disorganized folders on your device. Try organizing your digital files and folders and delete anything that is no longer needed! (Catrillon, 2021).
The app colorfy is an adult book brought into a digital realm (Doyle, 2021). With a selection of images and mandalas to choose from, or the option to upload your own sketches to color, you can spend hours in a flow state or focused meditation through this app.A recent study showed that adult coloring helped lower anxiety levels in participants, so pouring your attention into the beautiful designs may help distract from your anxious thoughts and help provide some calm.
When working from home it is very easy to sleep into the whole “corporate up top, pajama pants on the bottom” type of thing. However, you may not have to ‘dress-up’ anymore to attend virtual meetings or lectures, however the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it is time to wake up and get things done (Borsellino, 2020). It is a good indicator that you are still human and draws the line between working or study at home. Getting dressed also applies to other appearance-based tasks like taking a shower or brushing your hair!
For any questions surrounding studying online, be sure to head on over to our website: www.mentor.edu.au and/or check out our student information sessions on our YouTube channel @MentorEducation where we discuss all areas of our courses. At Mentor Education, we ensure to give you the opportunity to not only #ExciteYourPotential but to expand your horizons remotely and support you throughout your educational journey, beginning, middle and end.
• Borsellino, B. 2020. 7 Essential Tips for Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Muse. [Accessed 4 June 2021] https://www.themuse.com/advice/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips
• Castrillon, C. 2021. Work From Hoome Tips To Stay Motivated. Forbes. [Accessed 3 June 2021] https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2021/02/14/work-from-home-tips-to-stay-motivated/?sh=58064c983af5
• Sinclair, N. 2020. Working from home? It’s easy with these 9 easy steps. Student Life – Mentor Education. [Accessed 4 June 2021] https://www.mentor.edu.au/student-life/articles/working-from-home/