For a lot of businesses, being forced to work from home has not been exactly a smooth transition.

When we are used to a certain structure to our days, falling out of bed and onto the laptop may have seemed ideal at first, but staying productive isn’t always as easy as it seems.

These simple tips for working from home will help make your day easier and more productive!

Morning Routine

Set your alarm and get up, washed and dressed at the same time each day as if you were leaving to go to the office.

I have been working from home for over 3 years now and I find that when I have those days where I work in my pyjamas, they are never as productive.  Ensuring that you are ‘presentable’ also reduces the stress and panic of those last minute surprise skype or video calls.

Another mistake that can be made when creating your morning routine is turning on the TV, or specifically Netflix. It is so easy to get sucked in. Watching one episode while eating breakfast can quickly turn into 6 episodes in your pyjamas and almost time for dinner wondering where on earth did the day go?

Set a Dedicated Work Space

If you have a separate quiet room you can work from, amazing, but in the current Covid-19 pandemic, you may have more than one-person home during the day and this may not be an option.

Creating a dedicated work area, preferably at a table will enhance your productivity levels. Even if it is the kitchen table, it is so much better than slumped on the couch or on your bed. These areas should be left for the evening times, when you switch off from work.

Even though we are confined to our homes right now, you should make every attempt to separate work and home life if at all possible – even if it is sitting at a different seat at the kitchen table or in a different area in the living room or bedroom.

Set A Schedule And Stick To It

Creating a to-do list at the end of each day or first thing in the morning helps to schedule the upcoming day with ease.

Sticking to this schedule is so important. Structure you day like you would when you are in the office. Set your start, break and finishing time.

If you use an online calendar or a project management tool such as Asana or Trello, set reminders for tasks and assigned breaks to keep you on track.

If you find it difficult to stay focused for long periods of times, why not try out the Pomodoro Technique – a time management method.  The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, separated by short breaks. You can customise the length of time you would like to work and will get a reminder to take a break.

Use Video Calls To Stay Connected

Working from home can sometimes make us feel isolated. Communicating through video with tools such as Skype or Zoom to check in with colleagues and clients gives the feeling that they are actually present – unlike an email, where we sometimes forget that there is actually a person behind the information.

Practice Self-Care

Be sure to separate your work from your home life if at all possible, for some time each day. Remember, these are unprecedented and extraordinary times we are currently living and working in. Self-care is so important for our mental and physical health.

Whether it’s taking 10 minutes out per day to practice some meditation, signing up for some online training with your local gym or baking some bread, whatever switches your mind off from work and relaxes you for even 30 minutes per day, will make the difference and help you perform better in work and in life.

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5 Tips For Working From Home
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