We have all used video calls and social media for networking much more this year, and this method doesn’t look set to change any time soon, as some city councils and companies are already reevaluating the use of empty building space.
For those who are working from home, there are many factors to consider in this new approach to home life, such as finding the right technology and physical space, inline with occupational health and company guidelines; TH March have published several articles on our website, sharing home working information.
However, spending more time at home on our screens can be a rewarding experience, whether people live on their own or with family or friends. The important aspect is how that screen time is conducted.
Screen size impacts efficiency
Avoiding the temptation to check emails and messages first thing in the morning and last thing at night, whilst being available during working hours, the small screen digestion needs to be reconsidered. Use a desktop computer or a laptop instead of a phone or tablet; not only are screens larger, but messages can be responded to and filed more effectively. We’ve all read an email on the phone but wanted to wait until we’re on a bigger screen, or have more file information, to respond, and then forgotten about the contents (unless you’ve marked it as unread). People feel more rested if devices are switched off any hour before bed.
Developing soft skills
The technology to enable us to watch films or play games on any device is tempting, however, instead of all members of a household staring at small devices, use a shared, larger device. Compromises may have to be reached on content, but that encourages sharing and negotiation, soft skills valued by all employers.
If you are watching TV or playing online games with other people in your house, be present and in the moment – talking about what you’re watching together is a connection – stash (or charge) phones in another room. If you’re on your own, leave your phone in another room and fully participate in what you’re doing, for enriching mindfulness.