Our Top 5 Tips for Working From Home
During lockdown, many people have found themselves working from home, full-time. Even if working from home isn’t new to you, the situation we have found ourselves in means it was probably sudden and might be for an extended period of time rather than an odd day or two.
Here are 5 tips to help you work successfully from home while looking after your physical and mental health.
1. Get Dressed
Yes, we know it’s tempting to stay in pyjamas all day – but resist! You don’t need to dress as formally as you might for a day in the office, but routine is important and the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to move into work mode and become focussed and attentive.
Besides, chances are you’re going to be involved in video calls – you do not want to be that person caught in their pyjamas!
2. Use technology to communicate
Speaking of video calls…they are a great way to keep in touch with colleagues as well as family and friends. There are lots of online platforms available to facilitate group meetings over video and while it’s not quite the same as meeting in person – it does mean you can bring your team together which can be a refreshing change from emails.
3. Designate a home office or work space
If you have a home office, that’s perfect. Make sure it’s tidy and clear away any clutter from your desk. If you don’t have the luxury of an office or study, it’s still important to create a designated work space. Sitting with your laptop on the sofa is not a long term solution. Carve out a space on the kitchen or dining room table, or co-opt a dressing table. Get creative if you need to – but find your work space.
4. Keep clearly defined working hours
Do not be tempted to extend your work hours into the evenings just because you have no plans. You’ll get your best work done and be more ready to transition back to the office if you stick to your regular hours.
And don’t forget to take breaks, just as you would at the office. It’s very easy to sit at your screen all day long. Take some time out for lunch and a tea break. If you can get outside for a walk and some fresh air, even better. This will help you create a routine and get through your day more productively.
5. Remember it’s okay to socialise
You know how in the office you might talk to your colleague about their son’s birthday party at the weekend, or discuss that TV programme that everyone is watching? Well it’s still okay to do that. Working from home, it’s easy to lose the casual social interactions you are used to having throughout the day. Continue to check in with co-workers about things other than just work. And don’t hesitate to reach out to a colleague to just ask how they are doing. Many people are feeling anxious and uncertain at the moment and making connections and looking out for each other is what could make the difference.