Our Top Tips for Working from Home

July 13, 2020

Our Top Tips for Working from Home

Given the recent developments and Government advice regarding Covid-19, we asked our employees to share some of their top tips for working from home. We hope that we can help others currently working from home or self-isolating, as we know that it is far from easy, especially given the current circumstances.

 

1.    Try to maintain regular working hours.

-      This has two benefits, firstly it helps you to keep productive during the hours you work, and secondly it prevents work from seeping into other areas of your life, which can be difficult when you are working and living in the same environment.

 

2.    Take regular breaks!

-      Just as you would in the office, take regular breaks to make yourself a cuppa, or go for a walk outside.

-      When you are having a break, step away from your desk and switch off from work completely. This will help clear your mind so you can get back to your work with a fresh mind-set. You can even set a timer for15 minutes to help.

 

3.    Get dressed!

-      This might sound strange, but we know from experience how tempting it can be to stay in your pyjamas all day.

-      You don’t need to put your office clothes on or wear a suit and tie just to sit in your office/workspace (although you can if you want to!), but it’s proven that getting showered and dressed as normal has psychological benefits. It will help you feel better physically, and also put your mind into work mode.

4.    Create a workspace.

-      It’s important to create a workspace that’s separate from the spaces you relax in, such as on the couch or in your bedroom.

-      This is because it is then more difficult for your mind to switch off from work mode when you’re trying to relax or get to sleep!

-      If you have an office, then great! But if not don’t worry, we find using a table in the kitchen, or in the corner of the living room beneficial too.

 

5.    Set strict rules with those you live with.

-      If like many of us, your children are at home during this time as well, it’s important to set strict guidelines with them regarding when you are free to spend time with them.

-       If they have schoolwork to do, a great technique is making them work to the same schedule as you, so that they know when their next break with you is.

-      If possible, you could also have them sit with you and learn about what it is you do at work!

 

6.    Take advantage of the perks!

-      There are many perks to working from home, some of our favourites are baking, or cleaning the house in-between calls and meetings; using breaks to learn a new skill; or arranging long overdue calls with friends and family.

-      Arranging phone or video calls with friends and colleagues can have a huge positive impact on your moral or help to destress from all that is going on in the world. Never underestimate the power of a good conversation!

 

7.    Be kind to yourself!

-      There can be a lot more distractions when you are working from home rather than in the office, so if you do get distracted by something else (especially children) then that’s okay!

-      This is an incredibly stressful time, so if you need to take more breaks than you normally would, or spend some time recuperating, then that’s perfectly normal.

-      You are not alone in this, so if you are struggling or need a break, reach out to your friends and colleagues. I’m sure they will be going through the same feelings, and appreciate a call or message

 

Lastly, we hope that you’re keeping safe and well during this difficult time. At the end of the day, your health, and the health of your loved ones, is of utmost importance. We urge you to take any steps possible and necessary to protect yourself and those around you. We are all in this together, and we will get through this difficult time by supporting one another.

 

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Phoebe Blair

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