Comment rendre le télétravail agréable ? Conseils d'experts

How to make teleworking pleasant? Expert advice

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The effects of the current pandemic have changed our habits in ways that were unthinkable a few weeks ago. And our way of working is part of it. The least we can say is that this change in routine is strange, and even difficult for those who must radically adapt their lifestyle. But many people, freelancers, artists, writers, architects, have for years gotten into the habit of working from home. We asked several of our concerned friends to share with us personal tips and tricks for adapting to confinement and finding balance.

Louis, Architect Hmonp

“As far as I'm concerned, the most important thing is to have a work space that remains the same: a room, an office area in a room... it doesn't matter the location, but you shouldn't change it. Having a dedicated place to work allows for a real break when you stop working. Before, I went from a desk, to the kitchen table to the living room. Since I have a room reserved for my office, I can work better and longer with ease.

Then, and it's very personal (creations are often like that I've noticed), I find it important to create a unique space, with its own characteristics, its own decor.... The same goes for its organization at work: we can draw inspiration from proven techniques or create our own organization, but the important thing is to stick to it and that it really suits us.

Not everyone is predisposed to working from home, but it can be learned!

Regarding schedules, you have to be rigorous and that can be learned over time. Personally, my routine is the same as when I worked outside, plus sport (even at home). In the morning, I start with a few coffees, a series of ab and core exercises. The great freedom of teleworking is not spending time in transport. And it's very important to take advantage of this time to do something personal. Typically my morning sports routine is set up like this. Also, for lunch and dinner, I eat at a set time, and I try as much as possible to avoid cooked meals.

Not everyone is predisposed to working from home, but it can be learned. Experiencing long-term teleworking also allows you to reflect personally on your way of working, your habits, and to know what works for you. So see this confinement as a real opportunity to change! »

Having a dedicated and fixed workspace allows for a work/private life divide
Organize your desk to make you feel comfortable
Have well-defined schedules and make the most of your free time
Find your own work organization or follow the better known ones such as the Pomodoro technique

Pierre-Emmanuel, Facebook Ads & CM Expert

“I like to start the day by taking the time to make a good breakfast, it’s important (30-45min). Usually on the agenda: eggs with slices of semi-salted butter, fruit if available and the first coffee of the morning.

Start of work from 9:30 a.m. I start with around 30 minutes of wakefulness: reading newsletter articles (Webmarketing, ADN, Frenchweb, Techcrunch etc.).

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., I answer my emails and messages. Then monitoring and adjusting my current social ads campaigns according to performance. At 11:30 a.m., I take a break, taking the time to stretch myself and drink a very good coffee (I live in Reunion, do you know Bourbon coffee?), which will keep me going until the meal. I then focus on my more general current or new missions.

For days with a little less motivation (not easy at the moment), a very simple piece of advice: don't think too much in advance about everything you have to do so as not to get discouraged and just get started by putting yourself in suitable working conditions (on a desk not on a sofa). The rest will follow!

When I go back to work, to get motivated again, I like to listen to music. I usually turn it off shortly after to concentrate better.

Around 1 p.m., I eat breakfast, always light, to avoid drowsiness. I also take the opportunity to get some fresh air by going out for some fresh air with my third coffee of the day (At the moment it's less possible if you live in an apartment but take a break, and go out if you can by taking the necessary precautions.)

When I go back to work, to get motivated again, I like to listen to music. I usually turn it off shortly after to concentrate better

I try to end my days between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. I want to respect this limit, even if sometimes I come back to it a little later when I receive urgent requests by email. Whenever I get the chance, I go rock climbing in the evening. It’s a moment that allows me to keep a certain balance, both morally and physically! At the moment, I've swapped climbing for strength training, it does the job! »

Take the time to prepare a hearty breakfast so that you have sufficient energy to work
On “off” days, get to work, without anticipating the day too much. The important thing is to start!
• Eat a light lunch and maintain regular sporting activity
Listen to some music to get back to work after a break

Margaux, Artistic Director

“Working from home is really not easy, and it's not for everyone, but there are still tips to put in place! Being your own boss means knowing how to set goals, make your schedule and stick to them, but also letting go and not feeling guilty: one of the advantages of being a freelancer is the freedom, being able to get up a little more late if you're tired, being able to do an exhibition in an empty museum in the middle of the week...

For me, one of the most important things when working at home is to properly separate the spaces: the “relaxation” space and the “work” space. Otherwise, the risk is to never feel like you can “cut off” and relax, or conversely never manage to really get going and be productive. We're not going to lie to each other who works efficiently on the sofa in front of the TV?

The second thing will be to create a routine as if you were going to the office: set an alarm, wash, get dressed (you don't have to wear bright clothes either, but jeans/sweaters/sneakers make the case), have a good breakfast… personally, impossible to start my day without my cappuccino.

We're not going to lie to each other who works efficiently on the sofa in front of the TV?

As an artistic director, I am lucky to be able to work in music without it distracting me (but thinking about it surely distracts the neighbors). I mostly listen to mixes from the 90s-2000s for motivation!

Then I start by checking my emails to be able to make my daily and weekly schedule according to requests. I'm not a morning person at all, so I'll start with an "easy" task as soon as possible while I wake up. A trip to Pinterest to inspire me for example (yes yes it's a job).

You have to keep a certain rhythm, take a real break at midday if possible, like at work, for an hour, and avoid devouring everything in front of your computer.

The most difficult thing for me was to set limits, schedules, to stop in the evenings and on weekends. But it's very important, outside of rush periods, you absolutely have to dedicate yourself to moments of breaks and pleasure. It's better to concentrate for three hours and work efficiently then stop for a break, than five hours without really moving forward. »

Set goals, make your schedule and stick to them
Properly separate “work” and “relaxation” spaces
Create a routine as if you were going to work
Set limits and set schedules

Take care of yourself and stay home when possible.

Good luck !

The Hast team

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