So, you’re working from home. Perhaps you’re sitting on the sofa with your laptop resting on a dinner tray on your lap, or you’ve made a makeshift desk on the dining room table, all while trying to continue the normality of office life. For those not used to the remote working lifestyle, it can be a hard adjustment, so we’ve got 5 top tips to make working from home that little bit easier.
Tip #1 - Stick to your regular routine.
Without the stresses of needing to be dressed, fed and out the house for a certain time, it can be easy to relax your routine and just sit there all day in your PJs.
To help combat this, simply treat every day like it’s your normal working day. Get up at your usual time, get dressed, have your breakfast and then sit at your laptop to start working. You’ll find that being stricter with your schedule will make you appreciate your evenings just as you would do when getting home from the office.
Tip #2 - Avoid all distractions.
You’re probably thinking now you’re at home, why not have Netflix on while you work? Working from home requires a certain discipline and an understanding that there’s trust on behalf of your employer to ensure work is still being done and taken seriously.
If you can, move yourself away from where all your distractions are so you can separate work from leisure. Feel free to listen to your favourite music or podcasts but avoid unnecessary distractions like watching YouTube videos, and scrolling through your Facebook feed.
Tip #3 - Make a to do list
To help maintain your concentration and keep track of your accomplishments throughout the day, simply write down everything you need to do for that day ahead.
Use any of the free programs out there, such as Trello or Asana, to properly structure your workload. Ensure you are working to strict deadlines and you’ll find the day will have flown by, then you can sit back and relax with a nice cuppa in the evening.
Tip #4 - Communicate with your colleagues.
If you’re normally surrounded by a lively office full of people every day, it can be tough when that’s suddenly taken away. Mental health is incredibly important, and it can have a knock-on effect on your work.
Luckily, we live in a world now with countless ways to stay connected with everyone. To help keep your sanity and a dialogue going, schedule a regular video call with your boss or other work colleagues. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes every morning, it provides the stimulation needed to keep your head in the game.
Tip #5 - Take regular breaks.
One of the benefits of working from home is that you aren’t confined to your desk for 8 hours a day. You have more freedom of what you do with your breaks.
To help clear your head and feel refreshed, step away from your laptop a few times throughout the day to do some stretches or go for a quick walk around the block. You’ll feel both physically and mentally refreshed to carry on with your work.
What methods do you find works for you when working from home? We’d love to hear from you.