Published: 26/03/2020For some of us, working from home feels very unusual and can be unproductive - but fear not, we've got some tips to help you settle into your new workplace!
Get yourself up and ready for the day!
This sounds like an obvious one but often when working from home, it’s tempting to just sit in bed with your laptop in your pyjama’s! Whilst it might be nice to do this on the odd occasion, long term this probably isn’t going to benefit your working habits.
Make it a priority to treat each day as though you were heading into the office, have a shower, have breakfast and get dressed, similarly to if you were going out to work, this will make you feel more motivated and ready to take on the day.
Have a designated ‘work’ space
Again, working from home can give you that temptation to stay in bed but if you create yourself a designated workspace this will allow you to keep home and work separate. That way, you will associate the work pace with work and rooms such as your bedroom with home and sleep, for example.
This isn’t always easy to do – we don’t all have space for an office in our home – but even if you create a little set up with your computer at the kitchen table, that’s better than nothing.
Create yourself a routine
It’s important to be quite strict with yourself with regards to working hours. If you have a normal working day structure, such as 9-5, then try and stick to that. Creating a routine will make a huge difference to the way you work from home.
Get up at the same time you normally would, get yourself up, dressed and at your work space ready to start working at your normal time.
Take a break and get some fresh air
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a break! In fact, it’s probably even more important that you do. When working in an office, you would leave the house to travel into work, but when you’re at home it’s easy forget and not go outside. Take your break and get some fresh air!
Communicate with colleagues
When you’re used to working in an office full of people and surrounded by your team, it can suddenly seem very isolating when you’re working from home on your own.
That’s why communication is key! Keep in touch with your colleagues, whether this be a quick phone call or a conference call to catch up on things, it really boosts morale to speak to them.
You might already do this in your normal working environment, but if you’re struggling to get things done or keep things organised then making a to-do list everyday is a great way of keeping on top of things.
Simply write down everything you want to get done that day and work your way down, getting as much done as possible. Crossing things off once they’re completed is a great feeling!
We hope some of these tips are useful and may help some of you who are adjusting to the temporary working from home situation.
Be sure to let us know if you have any other tips!