Top 9 Tips for working from homePublished 07.04.20
Top tips for working productively at home
Working from home is a big change that can be difficult to adjust to. We have a few simple steps to help ensure maximum productivity and good mental health.
- Get up and get dressed
It may sound like the simplest thing. But your PJs are comfy, you’re not going out and no one can see you – what’s the problem, right? Well the problem is if you stay in your PJs you are in clothes that you associate with sleep, which will have an impact on your productivity. Get up and start your day as you would any normal workday, shower, get dressed and eat breakfast. This is a good foundation for your day.
- Establish a designated workspace
Move away from the sofa or bed, sit in a place that you don’t associate with relaxation and family time. Create an area that is just for work, this will help tell your brain it’s time to work and keep you focused.
- Create a ‘To Do List’ and schedule for the day
It’s important to have a plan for the day, to keep you focused and give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Without a schedule and to do list, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to get distracted by things that need to be done around the house. Schedule in your lunchtimes, time at the end of the day to do chores, break times, meetings and set yourself deadlines. This will help you keep focused and fresh minded throughout the day.
- Keep in contact
It’s important that you keep in contact with colleagues via telephone or video call at least two times a day. Over communicate via instant message or WhatsApp, stay connected with people. Regular contact with other people helps boost your mental wellbeing, which will help you stay focused and ticking things off that to do list.
Don’t let yourself feel isolated. Ensure leaders are connecting on daily video team meetings (and turn your camera’s on!)
- Take regular breaks and exercise
In day to day life, we are normally running around all over the place. Customer meetings, popping into the warehouse, nipping out to get lunch, swinging by another department, team meetings, the list goes on. In the schedule we have mentioned above, you would have scheduled in break times it’s important to take that time to get up away from your workspace. Get your heart rate pumping, step into the garden, onto your balcony, to get some fresh air. Either way just take 10 – 15 minutes to yourself to gather your thoughts and get your blood pumping. This will help to mentally stimulate yourself, meaning you’re more focused on the tasks that you have to complete.
- Social Media
With no one to keep you accountable, apart from yourself, it might be easy to get distracted by social media. We recommend that you log out for the day and log back in once your dedicated work hours are over.
- Drink plenty of water
We all know how important it is to drink water, to keep our minds focused. Keep a glass of water on your desk, each time you finish it refill it. Make sure during your breaks, you drink some water.
Try adding some fruit to it, to make it a bit more exciting. It doesn’t need to be lemon, if you like strawberries add strawberries, if you like orange add orange.
Remember the recommended water intake a day is 2 litres!!
- Children at home? Set the ground rules early
If you have young children at home, then it’s important to set ground rules early. Go back to the routine you created in step 1 and make it clear when you are available when you are working and when you are on a break. If you want to show up 100% for your business then set some clear boundaries of when you are in work mode, and when it is family time.
- Keep learning
It’s important to continue your learning development – no matter where you are working from. The wonders of technology mean there are a range of incredible learning options available.
Take care of your health. This crisis is a tough time for everyone, so it’s important to do what you can to take care of your physical and mental health. Everyone’s needs are different. You could consider: preparing healthy eating options, taking a short walk to start and end your day or focusing on mindfulness techniques to help you relax and focus.
Give compassion and support to all the household, continually remembering the selflessness service of the Doctors and nurses within the NHS.