The other day on my social media feed, I saw a real estate professional post that she had almost 12 hours of back-to-back Zoom meetings. Wow, that’s a whole lot of time to sit in one place, don’t you agree?
Lots of real estate agents worked from home prior to the pandemic, but now that we have been in this new COVID era, working from home is something people are getting pretty tired of doing—especially those who crave that face-to-face human contact.
As the world continues to function in this new pandemic era, Kelcey Stratton, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Michigan Medicine whose training focuses on stress, trauma and resilience suggests implementing these six tactics to help alleviate work-from-home stress and technology exhaustion.
- Switch to phone calls instead of video conferences.
Getting a break from your normally scheduled Zoom discussions might just be the change you need.
“It’s a nice refresher to just focus on someone’s voice and interact in that way instead. It’s a different task for our brains,” Stratton says. “During video calls we’re constantly splitting our attention. We’re not focusing on one person speaking, we’re looking at all these different screens. We’re also monitoring how we look and what’s in our background, which is different than before.”
To avoid the feeling of “being on,” try making certain meetings a phone or conference call instead.
- Reduce multi-tasking.
Even if you think you’ve mastered the skill of simultaneously writing emails while partaking in a conference call, doing both actually requires more energy.
Instead, be more mindful and present on one task. Close out all extraneous applications and browser tabs, put your phone out of reach and turn off any other distractions to help you concentrate on only one activity.
- Schedule fewer meetings.
Think about your meetings that were already pre-scheduled before COVID hit. Are they all still necessary? Does everyone invited need to join? Can they be shortened?
“Not that we want to lose any of these meetings, but shifting expectations and demands and approaching it in a creative way, while giving space to rest and recover, can be key.”
Try substituting certain meetings with a detailed email instead, or combine meetings that may be repetitive.
- Take micro-breaks.
Pause between meetings. When a call ends, shake things up by walking away from your desk, shaking out your body, taking deep breaths, stretching, resting your eyes and/or stepping outside for a few moments.
“These seem small, but they’re useful in resetting our mental energy,” according to Stratton.
- Stick to your pre-COVID work routine (even the commuting time).
This is a big one, Stratton explains, especially for those working from home where everything may be in one space. If there’s a routine in place, you can transition mentally from being in your home into work mode.
“If you used to commute for 20 minutes, do what you used to do: listen to your podcast or music or have coffee during that time. And at the end of the day, do the same thing you usually would in the car to unwind.”
Stratton also suggests, when possible, to put away your computer or other work materials when you’re finished for the day to help set boundaries between work and personal time. This can help minimize the temptation of checking your email or doing other job-related tasks after hours.
In real estate, lots of agents like to work 24/7. How you run your business is your decision, but I’ve often felt that the work day needs to have a start and an end, and that your clients and prospects need to respect those boundaries, which are harder to define at home.
- Figure out your body’s energy rhythm, and plan accordingly.
One positive about being remote is having a somewhat more flexible schedule than before, which can allow you to better match work projects to your natural energy and attention levels. Discovering and maximizing when your body innately picks up steam could work well for your to-do list.
Source: Michigan Medical Headlines