Five Essential Tips for Working from Home
With thousands of people in the UK currently working from home, you may be struggling to keep focused as the novelty of working remotely wears off.
So we have put together a list of tips to help keep your energy up and maintain your productivity when working from home.
#1 Get dressed for the day
For many people, the prospect of staying in their pyjamas all day is the best thing about working from home. However, getting washed and dressed will not only improve your state of mind, but it will also psychologically prepare you to start work and put you in good stead for the rest of the day.
#2 Create a work space
It may be tempting to stay in bed or just head to the sofa, but people who successfully work from home agree that you’re best off setting up a workstation - if you don’t have a desk, use your dining table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” it will help you maintain good posture and avoid distractions.
A number of our properties have spaces that are perfect for use as a study and can help create the same work environment that you are used to.
#3 Create a clear work schedule
To stay on schedule, segment what you'll do and when over the course of the day. If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks. If you have a Gmail account, use the free Google Calendar to help stay organised.
#4 Keep in constant communication with your colleagues
If you're working from home, you'll most likely be alone, so you won’t be getting distracted by colleagues' conversations or any other office noise - so that’s an instant benefit. But spending each day with no conversation can be isolating and affect productivity.
So to keep a good workflow with workmates, many people have been using Zoom and Messenger video for meetings. 30 minutes to an hour each day is an ideal length of time to discuss what people are working on, it also helps you plan out your tasks better.
Make sure you use your face-to-face time effectively though, as there isn’t much point in having a meeting about something that could have been solved easily via email.
#5 Take regular breaks
Working hard and sticking to a schedule is great, but make sure your work doesn’t become monotonous. It’s good to get away from the screen once in a while, and it’s been proven to have significant benefits.
With the above, you’ll be in a better position to work from home. However, if you have any other tips and tricks for working remotely, then be sure to share them with us on our social media channels!