Working From Home
Working from home? Read our top tips here!
When you’re working from home it can be tempting to slow down. Instead, follow our tips below to help you stay productive.
Create a workspace: It can be tempting to work from bed or lounge on the sofa with your laptop, but it’s important to create a dedicated workspace whilst you’re working at home. Choose an area where you will have minimal disruptions and can allow yourself to focus – this could be a spare room or a corner of the dining table. Lots of people choose to work by a window or add a plant to their ‘desk’ so that thye can feel the benefits of nature in their new office!
Keep to a routine: It’s important to establish boundaries when you’re working from home. Get ready to start your day at the same time you normally would, follow your normal routine and then get dressed (no pyjamas allowed!) and head to your workspace. Try and keep to your normal working hours as this can help prevent you from working late into the night, or skipping your lunch break, and at the end of the day be sure to log off completely and enjoy your evening!
Keep in contact: When we’re in the office we can often be found chatting by the water cooler or grouping together for a catch up, but when you’re working from home it’s easy to forget that connecting with your colleagues is still an important part of your job. Instead of instant messaging or sending an email, try to pick up the phone or organise a video call with your team, even if it’s just to check in with them, as chances are they are feeling the same as you and would welcome some company!
Take short breaks: You don’t need to be glued to your screen all day so make time to take a short break every now and then. You could grab 5 minutes to stand up and stretch, practice mindfulness, or finish that chapter of your favourite book. It’s also useful to open some windows and let fresh air into your house to keep you feeling fresh. A yoga session is a perfect way to leave your desk, get some gentle exercise and refresh your mind.