In these periods of intermittent confinement and pandemic, teleworking is surely appropriate for many of you, seasoned professionals or students. But how do you find an efficient work rhythm when you are faced with so many distractions? Letting go comes quickly, and your life partner or your family begin to blame you for walking around in your pajamas every day. So here are our tips for living this period in the most serene way possible.
Give yourself a rhythm
First of all, even if you have flexible hours, make sure you impose a regular rhythm: like getting up to go to work, take a shower and get dressed. There's nothing like it to speed up the day!
It is also important to go out at least once a day. Whether it's for a walk or to play sports, the fresh air will do your brain good, and will help you get your head straight! In addition, it often makes it easier to fall asleep.
Put yourself in suitable working conditions: the ideal would be to have a space dedicated to work, in order to partition private life and professional life. A mistake to avoid, in our opinion, is to work from your bed or the sofa. It might make you think about work when you go back to your room to sleep, and it wouldn't be very comfortable for your back. The best is an office table with a chair to lean against.
Another tip if you want to be efficient: avoid multitasking! It's true that it's tempting to cook when listening to a class or attending a conference. But this may allow you to save time, it will also be counterproductive because you will not have learned anything from the lesson. When you feel the urge to perform a simultaneous task, ask yourself: would you have hung up your laundry at the office?
Know how to take a break
A working day can seem long, and we sometimes find ourselves lacking concentration. When you feel your brain softening, don't hesitate to take a break, you will come back even more effective.
In addition, it is sometimes useful to give yourself rewards. For example, if you know that after two hours of intensive work you will be able to spend some time with your pet, have a snack or simply watch your latest messages, you will be more motivated to finish!
In addition, we often tend to make checklists that are far too long and unrealistic. You will be a winner if you better estimate your abilities, your speed, and if you do not establish an overly ambitious daily program! It's usually useful to leave a free time slot in case you ever need to finish some things, or if you need a break.
The team's reading tips
Despite the difficulties posed by teleworking, it has its share of advantages, such as avoiding long journeys in transport, or spending more time with your family! And this allows us to discover new entertainment. Here is precisely the selection of the Bonsai team in terms of reading!
- Harriet, General Manager of Bonsaï: The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
As Harriet grew up in England, she didn't have the opportunity to read this book when she was younger, and discovered it with her 9 year old son. Every evening, her husband, her son and she meet for a moment of complicity around this book, suitable for both children and adults. A well-written book while remaining accessible to children, humor, reversals of situation... Moment of relaxation and escape guaranteed!
- Valentin, communication manager: The First Man by Albert Camus
This book evokes a lot for him: light, warmth, and his own memories of his childhood in the Maghreb. Although this book is incomplete (the manuscript was found unfinished when the author died), it exudes great power, and makes the reader wonder what would have been if the story had been finished.
- Sadaf, sales manager: Eldorado by Laurent Gaudé
This book touched her a lot because it deals with an essential subject, illegal immigration, and follows the point of view of several characters. It traces in particular the story of a Sudanese who seeks to reach El Dorado, that is to say Europe, with his brother who will leave him halfway. You live the journey from your point of view, and this allows you to realize how lucky you are, reader, not to have had to undertake such a journey.
- Annabelle, editorial content manager: A history of bees by Maja Lunde
It is a dystopia in which three characters from different generations (past, present and future) have a connection with bees. Gradually, we realize the impact of climate change on biodiversity, and we realize the importance of bees for the survival of the human species.