Smartworking and distance learning, tips to make these two spheres coexist: how to stay focused and make things work for everyone?
Smartworking and distance learning, tips for surviving the second wave. Is putting them into practice really a possible mission? Among the words of 2020 that have changed families and their habits, the DAD is in first place and will remain at the center of 2021 household trends again next year. To understand the significance of the Covid-19 and children binomial, however, a term is still missing, borrowed from the Anglo-Saxon language: smartworking. And this is where things get complicated, because in the light of the new DPMC effective from 26 October 2020, 2 million children are already at home in DAD, once again transferred from their desk in the classroom to the bedroom. Mixing this novelty, which will go on at least until November 24, 2020, with the smartworking of a mother or father (often combined) therefore becomes the mission of winter. Objective: to keep everyone focused, without conflicts. And here are the tricks and creative ideas to make it work during the pandemic (and even study).
Smartworking and distance learning, survival tips
Many thought that the work-life balance, or the balance between “work things” and the personal sphere, would have benefited greatly from smartworking. Which not surprisingly in Italy is also translated as agile work, therefore an expression that brings to mind images of the sphere of speed and simplicity, of immediate problem solving. This theory did not take into consideration Covid-19, the fact that millions of families in the world during the quarantine of March 2020 would have found themselves at home in smartworking mode, but with their dependent children, moreover engaged in their school activities. If before the pandemic one of the needs was to understand how to spend quality time at home with children, with Covid-19 the race to close their daily tasks to the best of everyone’s ability has become a need for everyone: agile workers and students . However, the concentration has not always favored the work (or study) of those who have remained confined to their homes and those who, today all the more reason, have returned to their previous spring conditions.
How to mix everyone’s needs? Here are tips for ensuring the calm and tranquility that family members deserve in daily activities.
How to keep everyone’s concentration high during DAD and Smartworking periods
Create work and study corners dedicated to each one
Not an easy task for those who live in small houses, even more so if domestic spaces that become work and didactic spaces often struggle to define their own boundaries. As already reported by a 2017 research on work spaces that become study places entitled Home as a workplace, having a dedicated space is the prerogative to concentrate as long as possible. For students involved in the Walden University study, dividing their room from their roommate’s (in that case university students) with a curtain or temporary dividing panels has become essential not only to ensure personal space but also to protect it. Considering that the DAD provides for silence – children and young people must listen to the lesson, in some cases actively participate in it – and that agile work can instead be made up of phone calls and video calls, separate spaces (and good headphones with the possibility of soundproofing the surrounding noises) are essential. But they also have a psychological value: they set boundaries between family members, divide them with a barrier, albeit a thin one, and allow them to go away in the necessary hours, for example, finding themselves together at the table when everyone has finished.
Set up a personal and family calendar
There is nothing that drives productivity into a tailspin like a skipped commitment. And family balances are also affected if you miss the important date of a family member. This is why it is essential to create shared calendars in such a way as to have an overview of everyone’s daily activities at a glance. It helps not to lose pieces, to always be updated on the distance teaching of children if they are already older and on the work of the partner. In this sense, the free boards of Trello they are perfect: they can be shared among everyone, can be updated online in a smart way, easily managed even from a smartphone, they always keep everyone informed about what is happening.
Learn to delegate (yes, even to children)
If after-lunch is a delicate time for mum and dad who have calls or deadlines that cannot be postponed, leaving the children with some household activities is a way both to empower them and to release some pressure. Housework and children is always a useful combination to make them responsible, especially in busy periods. Clearing the table, loading the dishwasher are two of the activities that children can carry out on their own even if they are small.