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By Siddhi Jain
In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak a few months ago, working from home was the only resort for many. What appeared like a short break from the regular routine for office-goers has now become a way of life, instead. This is not without challenges for both the employees as well as employers.
Employees working remotely are facing an array of negative emotions such as lack of motivation, sense of isolation and disconnect from the ‘professional space’. The employers, on the other hand are facing another set of problems like losing track of employees’ performance, cumulative financial losses and anxiety of an uncertain future.
As the WFH trend continues to be the top choice of work, with significant proportions of the workforce doubling their homes as offices, employers must consider this time as an opportunity to create a happier and more productive workforce. Here’s advice from Dr. Ishita Mukerji, a senior psychologist at mental wellness centre Kaleidoscope, to help one successfully adapt to the new norms of work.
Plan your day in advance
This practice can surely reward a person in many ways. It will save your mind from the exhaustion to think about what to do next when it is pre-decided. Such a work routine can also enable you to multitask and can achieve more by planning it smartly. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to stick to a schedule as it makes a person more productive. Remember to wake up at the same time, take a bath and wear fresh clothes every day at the same time. This will instill the required sense of confidence and freshness within you to get through the day with ease.
Set up daily goals
It always helps when we have a roadmap for how the day should look and know our top priorities. It gets easier to schedule our time and attention around making sure that our work is focused on accomplishing the listed goals. This way, you can begin each morning ready to tackle those tasks. Moreover, you are less likely to be distracted by other priorities if you have absolute clarity about which task needs how much attention during the day.
Create a dedicated work space
It is advised to have a designated place for work at home, to create the right atmosphere, away from distractions. You must have a desk or table chair combo that is solely dedicated to you for performing your job. Try eliminating any unnecessary clutter as the professional place should be clean, organized and well lit. Work environment has a direct impact on the quality and efficiency of your work, thus avoid couches and beds as they tend to encourage laziness.
Take regular breaks
It is important to break in between your tasks during the day, as it helps in boosting productivity. Overloading oneself with work can wear you down, putting you at the risk of making mistakes/blunders at work. If you do not allow yourself time to rest and recuperate, you may experience a burnout by the evening. Ensure taking proper tea breaks and lunch breaks and minimise screen time in breaks. Doing this will make you feel rejuvenated when you return to your work desk and you’ll be able to tackle the rest of the day more effectively.
Reward yourself for each task completed
Let the breaks that you take act as a reward for yourself. It can be as simple as deciding to treat yourself with a chocolate or a cup of your favorite coffee on the completion of top two tasks. Allow yourself to surf social media for 15-20 minutes after finishing the next two jobs. Challenge yourself to complete planned tasks before time and use that earned extra time to indulge in some entertainment activities. This will further boost your morale to keep going and make you ready for the next task.
Stay in touch with your colleagues
You must keep in touch with your co-workers via messages and various other voice and video calling applications available online. It is imperative that everyone stays connected and informed without losing cohesiveness.
Sleep away your worries
Look after your physical and mental well-being by ensuring that you get the right amount of sleep. Your body and mind will be most productive when it gets a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. Incorporate some sort of physical workout like yoga or aerobics or anything that can be easily done while at home. These activities will help you beat away the lethargy and increase your energy levels that eventually lets you do more and achieve more.
Invest in your personal growth
You must actively involve and engage yourself in various participatory sessions available online. There are a number of webinars being organised that you can register and attend depending on your interest areas. One can also listen to podcasts, spend time in developing a new skill, learn a foreign language and explore new avenues suiting your hobbies/personality.
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Though the current times are stressful and no one has a definite answer as to when everything will go back to the way it was, the least we can do is keep ourselves and our colleagues positive and engaged. It is also advised to set aside 15-30 minutes a day as ï¿½me-time’, as it can have a positive effect on one’s mood and motivation. Let us also continue to encourage each other to remain calm, strong and focussed while dealing with daily work pressures. (IANS)
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. Not only do fans love Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding performance, but the actor's heartwarming words are also highly regarded. A much moved Amitabh Bachchan, during his speech to the crowd of over 80,000 people at the Reliance Industries' annual event, said that the legacy left by Dhirubhai has had a positive impact on millions of people's lives worldwide.
When Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan became bankrupt in the late 1990s, Dhirubhai Ambani stepped forward to give him financial assistance. In his speech, Bachchan remembered that Dhirubhai had sent Anil Ambani to offer him financial assistance during the crisis, which he had respectfully declined. Lenders began knocking on his door, losses mounted, and his bank account dwindled to nothing. He said, "Dhirubhai's money might have gotten me out of the problem quickly. However, I respectfully declined his offer and gradually began to find work again, which let me pay off my debt."
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. | Flickr
Later, after Bachchan had recovered from the bankruptcy, one day he was invited to an event at Dhirubhai's residence; Bachchan added, "Dhirubhai was standing and having a chat with his industrialist friends when he saw me there, he called me, firstly I felt shy even to present myself in front of such big industrialists but then, I went there, and Dhirubhai declared in front of all of them that 'This young man had fallen but managed to get back up on his own, I have a lot of respect for him because of that.' Those words of his were worth much more to me than any amount of money that he could have offered me."
It was the "Reliance Family Day" event and was attended by members of the Ambani family from all generations. The event commemorated the company's 40-year journey since its inception. It also celebrated the 85th birthday of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, RILs (Reliance Industries Limited) founder.
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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that," the report quoted EU commissioner Thierry Breton as saying.
The Commission also wants to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices, which it says will improve the consumers' convenience. "With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." In addition, the Commission will require manufacturers to provide relevant information about charging performance. (IANS/MBI)
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