However long you may be working from home, maybe you are finding it hard to keep yourself motivated, and maybe it’s tough to find a spot in your home that suits you getting work done. We have a few tips to embrace and use; you never know, but some might work well for you.
Keep to Your Regular Routine
For anyone with kids or other people working from home, it can be hard to keep your regular routine in place. Even if you get up slightly later as you no longer have a commute or have to drop kids at school or crèche facilities, ensure you get up with enough time to do your daily routine. You could get washed up, dressed, have breakfast, and prep to tackle the day as usual.
Have a Workspace Dedicated to You
Whether you have an office space or not at home, you should designate an area for you to do your work. Keep your work-related items here, and ensure it’s comfortable and has access to power and Wi-Fi. Some office supply shops still offer a delivery option for home office essentials such as desks and chairs. Maybe it’s time to try a standing desk and see what all the hype is about.
Stay in Contact with Your Team at Work
Maintaining contact with your team or colleagues will create some normality to your work day or week. Some teams will need a daily catch-up, and some may only need a weekly one. Suggest having a regular catch-up and setting that time aside. Your IT department may have a preferred solution, but some good ones are Google hangouts, Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Take Your Normal Breaks
Don’t change your daily routine where possible. If you take lunch between 1 pm – 2 pm, continue to do so. Maybe you have a coffee break in the mornings, keep it and make and enjoy your coffee as usual. This is essential to keeping your mental health in good shape.
Use the Time to Catch Up on Some Tasks
With the potential for fewer day-to-day distractions at home, now might be the perfect opportunity to address those tasks that always seem to get postponed. Whether it’s updating your professional portfolio, organising your digital files, or brainstorming innovative ideas, use this time productively. Remember, every task you complete now can pave the way for a smoother workflow.
Work Your Normal Hours
Although it might be tempting to check that email you sent off when you finished your work today for a response, you still need to relax and take time. Keep your free time free. Working from home does not need to mean you are always logged on.
Get Some Fresh Air
If you can, take a walk or lunch outside at lunchtime. This will refresh you for the remainder of your work day.
Many people will find working from home strange and unfamiliar, but if you figure out how it works best for you, you’ll quickly adjust and find your groove. Keep moving, get some fresh air, and stay in touch with your coworkers.
Diverse Tips for Effective Remote Work
While the basics of setting up a workspace and maintaining a routine are essential, there are other nuances to consider when working from home. Here are some additional tips to enhance your remote working experience:
- Ergonomic Practices: Ensure your workspace promotes good posture. Invest in an ergonomic chair and keyboard. Your computer screen should be at eye level to prevent neck strain.
- Time Management Techniques: Utilise tools like the Pomodoro Technique, where you work intensively for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. This can boost productivity and prevent burnout.
- Productivity Apps: Consider tools like Trello for task management, Slack for team communication, and Focus@Will for concentration-enhancing music.
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