Due to the pandemic, we have been forced to adapt to the norm of “working from home”. This recent shift was easier for firms and their employees that already had flexible working arrangements; however it has been a difficult and challenging time for many that weren’t technically set up for remote working.
You will sure enough be settled into your new work from home arrangements, however, here are 4 handy tips that will continue to help keep you productive and motivated while working from home:
Whilst transitioning to our work from home lifestyles, it is important to remember to stay connected with your work colleagues, friends and family via video calls and group chats. Human interaction may sometimes be neglected which can result in poor mental and emotional health. This can result in lower levels of productivity and motivation. Instead of the weekly catch up with friends and family at the local café, you can now enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea via a group video call.
Working from home can be a drastic shift as it is, and not having a consistent and dedicated workspace can make the entire process a lot more challenging. Ensure you have a consistent, organised and comfortable working environment and treat working from home similar to your usual day in the office. This will help keep you focused and motivated. As easy as it can be to sit on the couch and binge watch your favourite Netflix show, allocate a dedicated workspace away from all distractions.
Structure Your Day As Usual.
It is important to maintain a structured work routine as if it was any other day in the office. Start your day early with your normal morning routine, whether it be meditation, a morning walk, a hot coffee or tea or simply just a healthy breakfast to kickstart your day.
It is also important to make your bed in the morning, and get dressed (as hard as it may be getting out of your pjs). Organise and plan your day with a to-do list and prioritise what needs to be actioned. Remember to take breaks during the day, even if it just going outside for some fresh air or for a walk around the block on your lunch break. Regular start and finish hours will also allow you to sustain a clear work-life balance.
When working from home, it is important to set ground rules with other members of the household to ensure that your working area is uninterrupted during work hours. Let other members of your household know when you have meetings or calls scheduled.
Also, pinpoint and know your distractions. If you know that the stack of dirty dishes in the sink will be on your mind and you will not get any work done – then take a short break and clean the kitchen or ensure this is done before starting your work day.
It is also commonly known that playing music or an audiobook during the day helps increase focus.
Remember that some days will be easier than others, and that is ok.
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