Through COVID-19 and the 2 lockdowns, many companies have been advised to close the office and work from home where possible. By working from home and being safe, the spread of Coronavirus is hoping to slow, therefore allowing us to regain a sense of normality.
Working from home has been more of an order then a choice in some circumstances. It’s had mixed reviews from loving to loathing, which is completely understandable. As we’re in a time where nothings set in stone and our plans can change, it’s good to know how to make the home office feel comfortable.
Making your working time at home feel comfortable isn’t just about what you have around you, but how you set your day up and the tools you use. We’re here to provide some tips on how to successfully work from home.
Speak To Your Colleagues
Being indoors, potentially on your own for a long period of time can have a negative effect on your mental health. So, just because you can’t see your colleagues, doesn’t mean you can’t speak to them and have some contact during your working day.
A quick catch up in the morning or on your lunch could be the pick me up you need to push through the day and positively effect your mood.
Schedule Your Time
Changes have been happening regularly and your daily routine is basically no existent, it’s time to go back to basics.
Scheduling your time is more than a to-do list, but allows you to allocate time to each task and provides a routine for the day. Working from home can be distracting with the access to phones, TV and the radio, so a little something to keep you on track will be very useful.
Scheduling your time also works for breaks and lunches. By creating break slots, the day will be broken into manageable amounts. Ensuring maximum productivity.
Being at home isn’t the chance to log on late or sit down at 8.59am. It’s still important to make sure you’re logged on and ready to go for your start time.
The same as when you’re in the office, get a drink, have your breakfast to ensure your revitalised and raring to go.
Don’t over work
In some professions taking your work home is part and parcel of the role. However, it’s important that when you’re working from home that you give your self the time to switch off and relax.
It’s easier to work late and spend more time on your laptop, but be strict with ending your day and leave yourself to enjoy the evening.