Working from home has suddenly become the norm. Some people may already be used to this, but it will be a new transition for many employees. Here are some tips to help you hit the ground running on your first day of working from home.
Setting up a routine is vital for a productive day of work. Even though it maybe tempting to stay in bed wearing your pyjamas it’s important to stick to the same routine you would have if you were working in the office. Make sure you start work and have your breaks at the same time you usually would. Also get dressed! You don’t have to be in full formal wear but getting out of your pyjamas will get you in the right frame of mind to work.
You will need a suitable place to work. This could be a spare room, kitchen or dining room. Try not to do your work in bed! You need to be able to draw a line between work and home. Try to pick a quiet, distraction free area. This might be difficult with those with children, especially as schools are now closed. Try making them aware that you will not be available until a certain time and you will spend time with them on your break.
It’s important to have a focus and a goal to work towards otherwise procrastination and boredom will set it. At the start of each day write your own To Do list so you know what you need to work on, this could include checking emails or writing down any conference calls. When you finish each task cross it off the list. This will help you stay positive and show you have much you achieve.
Communication is key to the success of any business. It is especially important when everybody is working from home. Virtual meetings through Skype is a brilliant way to keep in contact with clients and colleges, and a good reason not to wear pyjamas while working!
Screen staring is not ideal, even when you are in the office. It’s recommended you have a break from your screen for 15 minutes every hour. Get out of your chair and have a break. This will help reduce stress and when you return to work you will be refreshed, recharged and have renewed energy and focus. In the office your break might be getting your colleagues a coffee or even going to the toilet. But you have a lot more options at home! Have a stretch, do some chores, go for a walk and get some fresh air, maybe even have a quick jog.
Make work fun!
There are so many benefits to working from home. Find a Spotify playlist and crank up the volume, which is great if your boss normally likes the music at the lowest volume setting. Ditch the formal suits and wear something comfy. The kitchen is only a few steps away so make as many drinks as you like, but maybe save the alcohol for when you finish work. Take advantage of these positives but remember that you still need to work.