Working from Home
A lot of workers are now unexpectedly working from home. It’s probably not something you’ve prepared for so it’s important to set your self some guide lines. We have some tips that can help your make the most of your day.
1. Decide on start time and stick to it.
Initially you may be happy that you no longer have to commute to work and can stay in bed in the mornings. In theory, yes, but don’t make a habit of it. Give yourself a set start time, make sure you’re up (and dressed!) and ready to start work.
2. Make a to do list every morning.
Working alone can be harder to stay focused especially if you’re used to a busy office environment. Make yourself a list every morning of what you need to do and stick to it. Give yourself goals – all new emails to be read by 10 am or all phone calls returned before 11am. You will find your day more productive once you work to a plan.
3. Set up a dedicated work space.
Don’t set up your laptop on the kitchen table where everyone will be walking in and out. Due to Covid19 its’ likely other family members will be home so you need to set yourself apart from them. Be organised, have everything you need in one room.
4. Schedule breaks in another room.
Move away from your space to have your breaks. As with an office job don’t eat at your desk. If there are others in the house spend 2o minutes with them and talk about something other than work.
5. Spend some time outside the house, even if it’s just a coffee in the garden.
Try not to stay inside all day. Step outside for some air. A change of scenery will do you good and live you feeling fresher in the afternoon.
6. Keep the TV off and stay off social media.
It is tempting to turn on the tv as soon as you get up or check your social media accounts. A well intended 10 minutes can turn into a wasted hour of looking at what everyone else is doing.
7. Make sure the rest of your family respect your space.
Set clear guidelines, this is now your work space and it has to treated as such. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you’re home.
8. Set an end time.
This is hugely important unless you want to be still answering emails at 9pm. If you don’t get all tasks completed, set them aside for the next morning. You won’t be of benefit to your employer or your family if you’re tired and irritable a nd feel like you’re working all day.
9. Don’t forget to walk the dog!
It’s important to give your self some downtime. Get out, walk the dog, go for a run, do some yoga, whatever calms your mind and keeps you stress free. Work / life balance is just as important when you are working from home.