Our Five Tips for Working from Home are here to help you as you are working from home.
1- Establish A Routine
You may not be commuting in the morning anymore but it’s important to do something that wakes you up and gets you energized for the day.
This could be anything from some stretches followed by a hot cup of coffee or even a yoga session.
Whatever works for you.
2- Have a dedicated workspace.
Let’s be honest, working from your bed all day is very tempting but not entirely practical. We too would love to wear our pajamas all day but it’s important that you have a separate space for working. Mentally, it’s good to have spaces for work time and others for chill time.
Otherwise, you may feel you never get away from work. We don’t want that.
3- Take breaks
It’s good to stretch your legs, make yourself a cup of tea, or check-in with a friend over the phone. Set yourself some time in your calendar. Do that now. Set an alarm if need be. Make sure you move away from your workspace, those emails, and Slack messages. Set aside at least 30 minutes to eat some lunch. That’s an important one. Breaking up your day like this and moving around will make you more productive. Promise.
4- Protect your time
This takes some practice so don’t be too hard on yourself when you trick yourself into working past ‘log off’ time. Happens to all of us. Working from home makes it harder to ‘leave’ work. The lines can become easily blurred. Make sure you have strict boundaries on work time, communicate them to your colleagues, and stick to it.
5 – Over-communicate
Sounds easy, right? Don’t be fooled. When in doubt share, share, share. Don’t assume or think your colleagues may know something – ask or let them know. Communication becomes even more important when you work remotely. Also, check-in with your colleagues, ask them how they are – you’ll start to miss those small interactions you had whilst you were in an office together.