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6 Top Tips for Working from Home

by Rakhee Sahota, May 2020

During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are working from home and we are all struggling to adjust to the new ways of working and living.

Below are 6 Tips of how to work effectively from home:

  1. Get Dressed

Although it seems like a simple step, it’s probably the most crucial one, washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you to start work

  • Designated Workspace

When we live and work in the same space, we can often lose focus. Having a designated workspace will help you concentrate and while we’re working from home, having these designated areas helps maintain normality along with creating a strict divide between our work life and our home life

  • Establish a routine

Get up at the same time, eat breakfast, and get out of your pyjamas! Spend your commute time exercising, reading or listening to music – before logging in. Most importantly, when your workday stops, stop working. Shut down, stop checking and focus on your home life. At the end of the day, try to get to bed at your usual time.

  • Clearly defined working hours

You’ll probably have set hours of work and it’s important to stick to these when you’re working from home. Be ready to start your day at the same time as you normally would in your office or workplace, and finish your day at the same time.

  • Take Breaks

Working at home can make us feel like we have to be available all the time, but just being “present” is no use to anyone if your mental health is suffering.

Make time for regular screen breaks and ensure you take a lunch break and keep hydrated. Give yourself time to concentrate on something else so you feel more focused when you return, even a short 5 or 10 minute break can increase your productivity.

  • Stay in touch

If you’re working from home, you won’t get distracted by colleagues’ conversations and other office noise but this does mean you’ll end up spending the whole day without speaking to anyone and this can be isolating. Take some time out to phone colleagues and managers and have real conversations, you will find this will be more productive than just sending emails and text messages.