With the nation on Lockdown 2.0, we’re all going to be spending a lot of time at home. For many people, this also means working from home will become the new normal again.
It can be tricky to find the right balance between work and home life when both of those things are happening under the same roof. Do you find it difficult to kick start the day and be productive when working from home? Or is it hard to switch off work mode when the clock hits 5?
If you’re worried that you’ll struggle to adapt, or you’re looking for a little bit of advice on how to get the most out of your day, keep reading as we bring you our top tips & tricks for working from home.
Be an early riser
With no commute or a rush to get out the door, it can be tempting to roll right out of bed and open your laptop. Don’t make that mistake! Avoid tired eyes and a midday lag by waking up to the sweet sound of an early alarm. Sticking to an early morning routine will help your brain switch on and prepare for the working day. So, get that morning shower, grab a coffee and throw on clothes – not pyjamas!
Create an office space
If you live in an apartment, it can be much harder to have a designated office space. But there’s a few things you can do to create a comfortable working environment. If you have a kitchen table make full use of it. Pop your computer/laptop on there, get a comfy chair and some decorations – a candle, plant and little lamp are always a winner. If you don’t have anywhere to set up on then make sure to enquire with your workplace as they may be able to provide the equipment you need in order to work effectively.
Plan your day
Organisation is the key to achieving the same goals as you would in the office. Set clear targets that outline exactly what you need to complete and have dedicated time slots for each task. It’s always helpful to stick to your regular work hours rather than deviate. Be clear about when you’re working and when you’re not so you can create a work and home balance. It will also help you adjust when eventually returning to office.
There may not be tea breaks with colleagues or chats in the kitchen, but it’s still so important to take regular breaks throughout the day. Make sure to recognise when you need time away from your screen, otherwise productivity will take a serious hit. Pop outside and get some exercise to freshen up. It could be a trip to the shops or just a short walk. If you have a furry friend at home, it’s the perfect excuse to get outside more often during the day- and they’ll love you for it too! Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you take that break.
Above all else, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s an abnormal situation for everyone and all you can do it adapt to the best of your ability.
Looking after your mental health is a priority. So if you’re struggling, don’t be reluctant to speak up or lean on your colleagues for support ?