Top tips for working from home…
By Doug Denison
Thousands of people are likely to be working from home for the first time this week due to the coronavirus outbreak. For others, it’s just like any other week.
About 1.5 million people work from home, and it’s becoming more popular all the time.
So if you’re not self-isolating, but have been told to work remotely, what’s the best way to stay efficient and keep your spirits up?
- Get dressed – For some people, the prospect of staying in their pyjamas all day is the most tantalising aspect of working from home. But washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you to start work.Whether you need to change into business attire depends on the type of person you are and the nature of the job you have. Some people find that dressing formally is helpful, and also useful if they need to dial into a video call.
- Get started early –Believe it or not, one way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. Otherwise, you’ll prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation
- Set your hours – Its easy just to keep on working and not taking breaks or lunch and even working into the late hours. We are all guilty of this but is done repeatedly, it can lead to stress and burnout. Plan to separate yourself from work and make time for yourself and your family.
- Talk to others – Social media is NOT as social as the name suggests. People need interaction, preferably in person in but what if that is not on option in this time? Pick up the phone for a chat or a video call rebuild long lost friendships. This will not only help you but the others too.
- Chance Location – If you are working from home looking at the same four walls for too long can drive, you mad and start to affect your wellbeing. Your house has multipool rooms try to switch it up a bit. Work from the front room, kitchen, even your bed if you wanted to. Go it and sit in the garden to do some work listening to your surroundings can really boost yourself esteem and get the mind following.
Take regular breaks –
It’s good to have a routine when you’re working from home, but work shouldn’t become monotonous.
And you shouldn’t stay glued to your screen all day. It’s important to take regular screen breaks and get up from your desk and move around just as you would in an office.
- Keep active – We already know that been active has a huge impact on good mental health. So in between calls and work why not take advantage of the many online exercise platforms. Take a walk round your local aria and take on the beauty look for things you may not have noticed before.
- Save calls for the afternoon – Sometimes, we are tired in the morning, we don’t even want to hear our own voice — let alone talk to others with it. You shouldn’t have to give yourself too much time to become productive in the morning, but you can give yourself some extra time before working directly with others.
If you’re struggling to come up with a reasonable work schedule for yourself as a telecommuter, start with the solitary tasks in the morning. Save phone calls, meetings, and other collaborative work for when you’ve officially “woken up.”
- Remember this is not forever –This is only temporary and doing what you can to keep the mind flowing is the most important thing you can do right now.
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