With the dreaded Coronavirus in full swing and a lot of businesses recommending working from home. I thought I would share some tips on how to make it as productive as possible. I’ve been working at home for many years now, and it has its challenges! You can find yourself going a little stir crazy, and it can be hard to find a place in your home for your ‘office’ space.
Get up and dressed
The worst thing you can do is stay in your pyjamas. Treat it just as you would any other job and get up and get dressed. To be productive, you need to feel ready to face the day, and no one likes answering the door to the postman in their pyjamas.
2. Get started early
A significant factor in working from home is you can get started way more first than typical office hours. I often find I am most productive between the hours of 5-7 am, so this is my time to crack on. 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. Only getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. And you’ve avoided the commute!
3. Structure your day
Have a little plan of what is on your to do list and what you need to do when, just as you would in an office. This will help you stay on task and avoid distractions.
4. Find a workspace
This could be your dining table, home office or your garden. Whatever works for you, but have an area that is separate from your living space – or work/home balance tends not to be very useful. Try to avoid working in spaces you associate with leisure time.
5. Take breaks
Take regular breaks to get a coffee, have some food or get some fresh air. It’s crucial to remain productivity levels, and this can only be done if you take breaks. Look after your self first.
6. Stay Connected
As humans, we need social interaction, and working from home can be isolating. Use technology to stay in contact with people, email, phone, face time are all great ways to interact with people and give your day a bit of a boost. It’s vital that you feel part of the team and stay connected.
7. Listen to music
An instant mood booster and one who can help you crack on with a task. During the week, music is the soundtrack to your career (cheesy, but admit it, it’s true). And at work, the best playlists are diverse playlists — you can listen to music that matches the energy of the project you’re working on.
8. Interact with people
Remember: You’re working from home, not the moon. Interacting with other people during the day is allowed, even if they’re not your coworkers. It’s a good idea to see another face during the day when most of your workday is solitary.
8. Set a time to finish.
When you aren’t leaving an office, it can be challenging to switch off – often you may find yourself continuing into the evening, which can be dangerous for your mental health and your sleep. Try to set a time to finish every day and stick to it and avoid clicking on your emails past this time.