The Covid 19 pandemic and health restrictions have imposed teleworking and distance learning. Welcomed in March 2020, this new standard is no longer unanimous a year later. At issue: the lack of comfort, efficient tools, and social ties. There are, however, very simple tips to remedy this. Here are 7 tips for living your home office well.

1. Create a dedicated space

Few people have the leisure to have a dedicated room to telecommute or study in peace. The premise is obviously to put oneself as much as possible in an isolated space, far from the hustle and bustle of the house.

But too often, we tinker with a little piece of the table, sometimes quite uncomfortable. It is necessary to have a dedicated space, where everything finds its place, with enough depth to put your forearms. A welcoming place that makes you want to get down to business.

But this workspace should not clutter up your private space in the evening. To do this, choose a mobile office, which will be folded up at the end of the day.

Our advice:

- A detour to the local DIY store. Buy two trestles and a board. And the case is in the bag for a few tens of euros.

- The other option, a little more expensive, is a butterfly table, which folds up at the end of the day and is stored along a wall.

OK, but where to settle:

Position your table facing a window. Seeing the sky rather than a wall allows you to gaze into the distance and above all to follow the rhythm of the day.

Turn your back to the apartment. The idea is to avoid distractions or to be annoyed by a little clutter.

2. A powerful computer

There is nothing worse than having technical problems when working remotely. A lagging computer, an unstable connection ... Interruptions in videoconferences to latencies to connect to a VPN (of which here are the 10 best free ) and it is a loss of productivity and exasperation that sets in.

Our advice:

Invest in a reliable computer brand. The DELL brand is launching a whole new range of innovative products in the field of computers. With its new XPS computers, it offers a product perfectly suited to the teleworking of a student or a young worker.

These very powerful computers can be used to use a lot of quite greedy software without any problem. But what really makes XPS computers interesting is their unique flexibility and mobility, making them usable in any situation. And with their consistent battery life, you can work without worrying about the battery. This range includes 8 different XPS products and therefore adapts to all your needs. These computers are designed for the younger generations and will be perfect for teleworking and students who take distance courses, but also for streaming or video creation.

The XPS 13, for example, is small but powerful. With its 11th generation Intel processor, it will be the perfect tool to study anywhere, where to unwind while discovering the Netflix news for the month of March .

Conversely, the XPS 17 will turn more easily to artists. Designed for photography, video editing or music creation, this tool equipped with an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 will be the most creative ally.

3. The right seat

Human beings are not made to sit still. The office chairs are ergonomic and allow a long sitting. This is not the case at home, unless you are a gamer with a dedicated seat. Certainly, we could advise you to buy an office chair, but the sometimes undesirable design, the space occupied by the chair can be a hindrance to the purchase.

Our cheap advice: invest in a Swiss Ball. These huge balls, which are generally used for exercises in fitness classes, are very good for your posture. Whether for your back, your neck or even for the circulation of your blood, the Swiss Ball has many benefits. It is in addition to being a perfect tool for sheathing. And the framing of videoconferences means that your colleagues will see nothing but fire.

The advantage of a Swiss Ball: it deflates and is easily stored.

4. Get dressed

Above all, you must not lose the rhythm of a day of work or a classic course. This is why it is best to get dressed before getting to work.

It is above all a question of mental health. According to a study by the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the universities of Sydney, staying in your pajamas during a day of telecommuting is not really a good sign. 59% of participants who said they wear pajamas at least once a week admit that their mental health is deteriorating because of telework.

Dressing is therefore above all for oneself and to fight against the harmful effects of confinement.

Our tip: No need to wear a fancy outfit. Go for a comfortable look that could go into a lecture hall or office. Nothing prevents you from putting on your pajamas or jogging again at the end of the day once the computer is closed.

5. Give rhythm to your day

Structure your day by determining your break times in advance. 10:30 am: I stop for 10 minutes. 4 p.m .: I take a coffee break.

OK, but what can the break at home look like? Doing domestic work: hanging out your laundry, emptying a dishwasher, vacuuming quickly? Well, that's a big mistake.

Labor leads to physiological activation. It needs real recovery times, those that are granted during a real work routine. You have to rest your eyes, relax your muscles. Basically, you have to get up and walk around as if you were going to the coffee machine. Land for 5 minutes, changing your point of view.

Our advice: grab a mug of coffee and go out on your doorstep or in the courtyard of your building to get some fresh air. And of course, avoid screens.

6. Lunch break

When you work at home, you can sometimes skip lunch break and eat quickly in front of your computer. This is a big mistake!

Sit away from your desk so you can disconnect a bit. Preparing the meal is a good solution to cut yourself off from work. You might even go for a sandwich at a nearby park.

During this time, take the opportunity to ventilate the room where you are working. Beyond the barrier gestures mentioned in the sanitary context, this makes it possible to renew the air by expelling: CO2, odors, bacteria, humidity, dust.

It also allows thermal shock. All these actions take the body and the brain out of numbness and promote a reset of the atmosphere during the day.

7. Maintain the social bond

This is what teleworkers and isolated students lack the most. See people, smell them. It has been proven that videoconferencing complicates social interactions (delays in speaking, not seeing the gestures of people with whom we exchange, gestures that are essential in communication).

Our advices :

- have coffee with colleagues from a distance. Certainly it remains in video, but adopt an attitude identical to the ceremonial of the coffee machine. Stand up, away from your computer. You stretch your muscles and assert your non-verbal communication. And it is better not to be more than 3 in this "confined" cafe to promote interaction.

- And why not ... By dint of going to drink a coffee on your doorstep, you will perhaps meet the same heads regularly. Other teleworkers, other students, who take their breaks like you. Make an appointment with them and you will once again have colleagues to take breaks with on the stairs, in the street.

8. Right to disconnect

The return trip home is normally a decompression chamber after a day's work. It allows you to clear your head.

One of the major risks of teleworking is having extended hours, never stopping, being stressed or even demotivated.

We have 2 tips to promote a return to the personal sphere:

Clear the professional sphere:

Set a time to cut, and make sure you stick to it

Turn off your computer and turn off your smartphone's "work" notifications.

Organize and fold up your desk,

Create a decompression chamber:

Take a walk around the block to relieve the stress of the day

or better still have appointments on Zoom where the fitness, bodybuilding or relaxation sessions have been increasing for a year now.