Following advice from the Government in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, many employees from different industries have found themselves working from home.
For those that aren’t used to it, working from home can be a big shock and something that might take a little bit of time to get used to.
It’s common for people to feel isolated and unmotivated – so we’ve collated our teams’ top tips that we’ve found useful during the last week.
1. Maintain your normal working hours
Start and finish work at the time you normally would. This ensures you stay in a routine, and don’t stray to late nights and lie ins. Late nights usually result in waking up later which throws off your work-life balance – something essential for keeping your mental health in check.
2. Have a morning routine
Don’t just roll out of bed five minutes before you are supposed to start work – make sure you get up, get showered and dressed, eat a healthy breakfast and then start your day, as you would usually. This maintains a healthy routine for you to follow daily and means you’re in the best mindset when you sit down to start work.
3. Make sure you take breaks
It’s easy to lose track of time when working from home, and it’s common to take less breaks because of this. To avoid hitting a ‘brick wall’ in the afternoon, make sure to get up from your desk throughout the day (at least once an hour!). Whether it’s making a cup of tea or standing in the garden for a few minutes, you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the task ahead.
4. Create your own office space:
Having a dedicated office space is seriously effective in keeping you productive throughout the day and helps maintain that all-important work-life balance. If you have a separate office space you can make sure distractions are kept to a minimum and when you stop working for the day, you can go and relax in another room. For those that don’t have a separate room, dedicate a chair/space on the kitchen table and only use this for work.
5. Stay connected
When you’re working remotely, meetings can become fewer and further between and you can begin to unintentionally self-isolate. It’s important that you maintain strong levels of communication with your team and your clients, so set up Skype for Business or Zoom and get into the habit putting catch ups in the diary. This will help you stay connected with the outside world and improve your mental wellbeing.
Working from home can be a big change for people, so follow these tips to ensure your working days remain proactive and purposeful.