We’ve scoured the internet so that you don’t have to in order to find the best tips for working from home, as it’s very quickly become the norm. We’ve come up with 8 tips to help you. It’s worth noting that obviously different things work for different people, but these are the tips that work for us.
1. Have a designated work space.
We understand that not everyone has a desk and a state of the art office chair, but it’s important to have a space specifically set for work. This could simply be your dining table! Just somewhere different to where you relax as this will help you to get into the ‘work’ mindset.
2. Make a list
This might not work for everyone, but one thing that really helps us is lists. At the start of the day take 10/15 minutes to write down all the tasks you want to accomplish that day, and that way you get the satisfaction of ticking them off as they are completed. Just us?
3. Set yourself real work hours – and stick to them!
It’s easy to just get into the habit of working when you feel like it, as there’s nobody to hound you if you are late. However, it really helps to stick to a routine and having set work hours will assist in making it seem like you are actually in the office.
4. Get dressed!
We get it, it can be so easy to sit in your pyjamas or loungewear all day because let’s face it, who’s actually going to see you if you have no zoom meetings? However, research has shown that people who change into work clothes are more productive, as it makes a change from your ‘at home’ clothes.
5. Take breaks
When you’re working from home it can be easy to forget to take breaks, but it’s so important you do. Every couple of hours, stand up, have a walk around, make a cuppa, talk to someone, it will work wonders.
6. Get fresh air
Following on from number five, not only is it important to take breaks, it’s also vital that you get fresh air. Being outside has again and again proven to improve wellbeing, mental health and productivity, there’s really no downside!
7. Create a morning routine
It is so easy just to roll out of bed at 8.55 and just sit in front of your laptop, but it’s really important to take time to do what you usually would when you were commuting to work. Have. A shower, get dressed, have breakfast, and take the extra time that you have from not travelling to actually enjoy your time before work.
8. Communicate with your co-workers regularly
Working from home can be so isolating, especially if you live alone. To help stop loneliness, and to keep everyone in the loop, it’s important to be in regular contact with your colleagues. Try to schedule a time at least once a week to have a video call to catch up, and text and email them throughout the week to keep communication as good as it was in the office.
These are just a few tips that we have found to be really helpful in working from home in today’s crazy world.