The Student Counsellors are aware that working from home may prove to be a challenge for many of you.
At home, you are surrounded by distractions and if you have children this means that you have to divide your attention between them and your study. It can be a big challenge to separate the demands of your study and those of your family and additionally when everybody is constantly online. It may actually be stressful to have a lot of time at home, though this also provides opportunities for flexibility and immersion in both your study and your family life.
Your Student Counsellors at Absalon provide here some good advice on how to work and study from home:
· Make a fixed and clear structure for your working day and schedule your time. This can be done together with the rest of your household. Use for example, a timetable where you write down all the different tasks. This timetable could include everybody at home.
· Consider where, when and how you work best. If there are several in your household working from home, you should agree on how you best accommodate each other and when you work best.
· Arrange a workspace at home. Tidy up around it prior to working and tidy away your workspace when you have finished the day’s work. By doing this, you can avoid the worst distractions and afterwards having the feeling of being off when you have finished.
· Introduce administration time in which you plan your reading and writing your assignment, answer mails etc. In this way, you do not have to be online with Absalon all the time. Spend the first half an hour and the last half an hour of your working day doing this.
· You may have to strictly prioritize your work especially if you have children and home schooling. Use your administration time to make these prioritizations. Speak to your lecturers and your fellow students if you are in doubt about what is expected of you and how to prioritize. You can be assured that you are not the only one in doubt.
· Take time off from Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and so on while working. If possible, put your phone away.
· Take breaks. Make sure to have quality time with the rest of your family or do things that normally give you energy. Work when you have planned to work and be off when you have planned time off.
Get some fresh air, go for a walk, maybe do some exercises in mindfulness, which you can find on Youtube.