Working From Home Tips
Whether you are adjusting to a temporary work from home situation or joining the mobile workforce for the long term, below are some working from home tips to help keep you productive, motivated and mentally healthy!
Stick to a Routine
Do not let the lines between work and personal time cross over.
It is important to stay consistent. Get up at the same time as you would normally do, make time for breakfast and get dressed!
Most importantly, pick a definitive finishing time each day and when your workday stops, stop working. It can be easy to get so caught up in your work, that you lose track of time. In absence of colleagues packing up and leaving the office, set an alarm to indicate your working day is coming to an end.
Spending time planning what you will be working on at the start of the day can actually take you away from completing those tasks. It is important to let your work schedule change if required, but it is also essential to commit to a prioritised task list and account for how long each task will take, before you begin.
For an increase in productivity, try planning your task list for the following day, the evening before.
Schedule regular breaks and use them! Rather than spending time browsing online or watching a YouTube video, get away from your desk, so go for a walk or spend time with anyone else who might also be in the house.
A short break will help you to recharge and will make you more productive! You could even have a go at a short 10 minute workout.
Technology brings so many benefits to help us to work from home successfully, so make sure you use it to your advantage.
Install an instant messaging app to help you stay connected with your team members and use video conferencing to share completed projects with your colleagues. This will also provide you with face to face interaction that you might crave and prevent you from feeling isolated.
However, technology also brings some limitations, for instance, social media. The platforms have been designed to make it easy for you to open and browse quickly. To help to remove the distraction, you could try logging out or removing them from your browser shortcuts. If you need to go one step further, you could try working in ‘Incognito’ mode.
It could also become apparent that your home technology is not performing as well as you require. If you are unsure of the repair work for smartphones, tablets or wearables then arrange a diagnostic check online and we can get you back up and running in no time!
Choose a Dedicated Work Space
Dedicate a specific room or surface in your home, do not get tempted to work from the sofa. Anywhere which you associate with leisure time means that you will be less productive. Creating your own work space will help to keep you on track and prevent you getting distracted.
How can you meet work obligations now that schools are closed?
1) Communicate a family plan.
Create a daily plan for the whole family that includes meetings and school schedules and ensure it is visible.
For those parents with younger children, consider an early morning work shift before ‘schools hours’ begin. With a couple of hours work already under your belt, it makes it easier to take a break to help the children with their schoolwork.
2) Swap in and out with your another adult (if possible!)
Try to divide the day into blocks, which gives one parent space away from the children at a time. Shorter child free blocks can be more productivity than trying to work around helping the children with their school work.
This is a new and unfamiliar situation for us all, so just try to remain calm and make the best of it! Do not try and compare yourself to others.