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Working from home (WFH) can be tough to get used to. This is especially so for employees who are used to the notion of collaborating in offices, exchanging small-talk with colleagues between work tasks and concentrating on work without having to worry about affairs at home.

However, given the developments of the Covid-19 situation, WFH is likely going to become the new norm for many jobs. Whether you like it or not, you have to adjust to this new working style. In this post, I shall introduce you to another angle of how you can look at WFH, to make this practice more bearable.

Insight 3: More Banked Time with Less Commute

Let’s admit – for first-timers, WFH can get really inefficient sometimes. Perhaps it’s because there are kids in the house distracting you from work. Or maybe it’s just hard to adjust to a new work environment. More often than not, many of us would end up sitting down at our desks or workspaces after a good 45 minutes hustle, only to realize that we have not made any progress on our work.

Landing ourselves in such situations is indeed frustrating. But as you progressed on, I hope you would learn to let go of these unavoidable hiccups, and be less hard on yourself. If only you’d look at WFH from a different angle, you would realize that this working style has great benefits.

For instance, WFH allows people to return hours to their days from meaningless commute, thus lowering stress at work. Just recall – we’d all been in that awkward situation of getting stuck in traffic on the way to work before, and we would arrive at office, all panicking and stressed up. Common sense would tell us that this is not the best way to start our day. In fact, this state of haste would clog our minds, making us tensed up and hence becoming less efficient at work.

Other than that, studies have shown that continuous sounds given off by the usual transport means (like our cars, buses, MRT/subway) are occurring at a volume our ears weren’t designed for. These sounds are what add fatigue to us when we travel home after a long day at work. In the long term, our heaths would be at stake. But when we WFH, all the above-mentioned situations would be resolved naturally, since we would be greatly reducing time spent on transport.

Saying that, I know some of you treat the to-and-from commute process between your home and workplace as a means to decompress. If that’s the case, you can always replace it with a 10-20 minutes’ walk around your neighborhood after you wrap up work for the day instead. This works just the same, and no one is stopping you from doing so – provided you adhere to the social distancing regulations we are subjected to nowadays.

Interested? Stay tuned for my last insight on how you should make your WFH experience more fulfilling!

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