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Working from Home Hints & Tips
We can all agree that we’ve all had to tweak our lives and adjust to ‘the new normal’. This means adapting how we work and where we work. Whether you’re working from home or still going into the office this article aims to help you adjust for the better. See these simple tips to make your working day a little easier;
When working from home having a set routine can help you distinguish between your working hours and your downtime hours.
Wake up and get ready as normal as if you were going into the office. Use your ‘commute time’ to read, listen to music or exercise before your workday officially starts.
The most important part of your working routine is to finish on time. Working from home can be challenging as you may feel compelled to continue working as your computer is right there. Turn off your email and log off. Focus on your evening routine and go to bed at around the same time every night.
2. Dedicated Workspace
The most challenging part of working from home can be having a workspace that isn’t your space for relaxation. Working away from distractions can be crucial when working from home, it’s so easy to be tempted by the TV or making snacks in the kitchen.
Have a dedicated space for work that has everything you need - laptop/computer, chargers, diary, pens, whatever you need. Being comfortable¹ whilst working is very important, try sitting at a table or desk rather than the sofa or your bed.
If you don’t have a desk chair, try using cushions to support your back.
Referring back to point 1, you may feel compelled to continue working throughout the whole day. Making sure you take your lunch break will not only allow you to digest the morning and relieve stress but it can also have a significant effect on your mental health.
Small breaks can help increase your productivity, even if it’s a 5-minute break to make yourself a drink.
On your lunch break, try going for a walk or run for some fresh air - please follow social distancing guidelines when you’re no longer in your home.
4. Staying Connected
Working from home may have you feeling isolated. Staying connected with your loved ones and work colleagues can have a massive improvement with your mental wellbeing.
Have boundaries not only with work colleagues but with members of your household too.
6. Invest in your Workspace
Working from home may last for longer than you expected. Take time to invest in your workspace. Think “How can I make this space more beneficial for my productivity at work”. Maybe it involves more light? A wireless mouse and keyboard? Or may even a home plant to add something different to the scenery.
7. Be Forgiving
A difficult thing to remember is that this is a unique situation that we’ve never experienced before. It’s ok to have days where you may not feel as productive as others. Take time to relax and recharge after work.
¹Sitting at a desk all day can have a negative impact on your posture. Below is what the NHS recommend for sitting at your desk correctly. For more information please see the NHS website.
- Support your back
- Adjust your chair
- Rest your feet on the floor
- Place your screen at eye level
- Place your keyboard in front of you when typing.
- Keep your mouse close
- Avoid screen reflection
- Avoid wearing bifocals
- Make objects easy to reach
- Avoid phone strain
- Take regular breaks