Top Tips for transitioning to working from home
Like our team, many of us have been literally thrown into working from home.
Some will enjoy it more than others, but here's a few top tips we love to make the most out of these challenging times.
Underpinning most of these tips is the most important thing of all to remember - look after your mental health and wellbeing!
1) Start your day right
Set your alarm for a similar time you’d usually wake up. Take a little extra time to make a nice breakfast and change into something comfortable – as long as it’s not your pyjamas! Making a little effort in the morning will go a long way towards feeling productive, positive and ready to work.
2) Rework your old commute time
Make the most of the extra time you have by not having to travel to work, and redirect it into a new morning routine. How about reading or a quick 20 minute work-out in your living room? There are some great free online fitness tuition blogs, podcasts and videos - and live-streaming sessions where you can feel part of a community. If you have kids, make it a family affair!
3) Create your own dedicated workspace
If you can, dedicate a space that’s yours for a specific time period so you can be distraction-free, where possible. This also helps focus and productivity because you have made the decision that it is where you will be working from - your work space, and don't let anyone distract from that. If you always have music on at work, do the same at home. Try and create an environment where you feel positive and energised to do your work.
4) Avoid isolation - make 'Work From Home' friends!
Reach out to friends or people who are also working from home and plan to facetime or even set up a productive working session together. Your company may already need you to be part of online business meetings, but make sure you have a group of friends or colleagues you can arrange even a 10 minute call with every day. It's good for you, and for them! It's this type of break from the normal routine that can help reenergise your brain and keep you positive.
5) Flowers at home
Bring plants into your workspace, they are living, growing and thriving and are known to help with stress. Plus they look pretty too! Raid your living room, bathroom or wherever you have hidden your house plants, and get them around you!
6) Manage your Smartphone time
Give yourself specific times in the morning and afternoon for socialising on your phone. We know it can be difficult, but if you can make this work and stay away from it during your focused work time, it really will help! Change your log in screen to something that reminds you to stay focused and stick to your times!
7) Keep moving
Experts recommend that you get up and move around every 30 minutes. Even if it’s a quick stretch or a trip to the kitchen, your body will benefit from movement. Drink plenty of fluids - set a reminder on your phone so you don't forget! Go outside (where it's safe to do so with social distancing in place) and get a little fresh air - this is so important in letting our minds relax and refresh.
8) Posture, look after yourself!
This is really important as the chances are you may not be sat on a properly designed office chair! Good posture can be hard work, here’s what you should remember:
- Sit all the way back on your chair, so your back is supported, and your legs are at a 90 degree angle to the floor
- Keep your shoulders back and relaxed, and your spine straight so you don’t slouch.
9) Maximise the flexibility
Most of us are paid to work a certain amount of hours, but with home working you can generally be more flexible and build your work time around your free time. If you have kids, you may decide to do a few hours after they have gone to bed. You may decide that you finish at 4pm each day to create something amazing (and healthy) for tea. Plan your time carefully, it really will help you make the most of the way we are having to work.
10) Stay positive
Prioritising your mental health and wellbeing is vital during these challenging times. Many of us have little experience working from home, but it does have its advantages if you plan carefully. If you do start feeling isolated, concerned or depressed, or feel you just aren't coping well, reach out to friends and family. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with admitting you are struggling - millions across the world will be too. Just talking about it will help. Remember, it's the same for all of us, we have all been put into this very unusual and challenging situation, but we will come through this and who knows, you may get to love the positive aspects of working from home!
And, of course, don’t forget to wash your hands! Stay safe everyone, right now there is nothing more important that we can do to help our society and minimise the work loads of those amazing essential workers, from shop workers to the NHS.
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