7 Top Tips for Working from Home
So, with the state of the current climate chances are you may be working from home now or will be soon. Working from home can be really daunting to start with. Thoughts such as ‘am I going to be as productive?’ ‘Is my job safe?’ ‘What if I get stuck?’ Could be racing through your mind.
Well, after completing my first full week of working from home I thought I’d share some of my tips and the things I’ve learned to hopefully help you transition easier.
1.) Get up early
It’s important to still have a routine to make things feel as normal as possible. Getting up at a reasonable time each morning will really help. Because I commute from Essex to London I have been allowing myself to have a bit of a lie-in. Normally I would up between 6-6:30am to make it in the office for 9am. Working from home has meant that I could get up at 8, get ready, have breakfast, watch some Netflix and still be at my ‘desk’ for 9am. Allow yourself that bit of extra time in bed, enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t go overboard with it.
2.) Set up a designated work station
Personally I find it really difficult to work and be productive unless I have a designated work station. I need a space where I can set up my Macbook and my second screen and leave it there for the duration of this social distancing. I can’t just work from my bed, or the sofa as I’ll get too comfortable, too lazy and will probably end up napping. It’s good to have a place in the house that you can go to that’s just for work, so when you’re in that seat you’re in full work mode.
3.) Stay in contact with your co-workers
Staying in contact with your co-workers I’ve learned is probably the most important thing. Working from home can be really lonely. Even though I’m in a house where everyone is now working from home, it’s not the same as being with people who fully understand the importance of what you’re doing. My co-workers and I have been having daily video calls, every morning to catch up and map out the day. We used Slack to chat during the day and on Thursday’s we’ve arranged to still all have lunch together on a video call. If it’s possible, stay in contact with your co-workers as much as you can. It’ll almost feel like you’re back in the workplace and you can still all have a laugh together and help each other if needed.
4.) Wear ultra-comfy clothes
Being able to wear ultra-comfy clothes is definitely a huge perk of working from home. I haven’t worn jeans in a week now and it’s been glorious! I’ve literally lived in leggings, cosy jumpers or hoodies and fluffy socks all week. While I think it’s still important to change out of your pyjamas so you feel like you’re ready to go somewhere, loungewear is 1000% acceptable as workwear for the foreseeable future.
5.) Take your lunch break away from your desk
Your lunch break is a great time to get away from your desk and do things you want or need to do. Eat, get a load of washing done, watch something on Netflix, do a home work out or even just sing in the shower. It’s a great time to unwind and relax in the comfort of your own home. This is something that I’m not actually very good at. I end up eating and working at my designated work station. Going forward though, I want to try and take a step back as I think it’ll really help both my mental health and productivity.
6.) Sign out and switch off when the working day is over
If your workday ends at 5pm then sign out, close your work laptop down and switch off. Just like you would leave the office on time you need to leave your work station on time too. Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to continue practising a healthy work-life balance. It won’t be good for anyone if you’re still working hard at your desk till 9pm, least of all you. You still need to relax as much as possible and take care of yourself.
7.) Enjoy the extra time
As scary as it is right now, this situation won’t last forever (hopefully anyway). Soon enough we’ll be spending around 1-2 hours of our day on a packed train again. So, when you finish your working day, enjoy the fact that you’re immediately home. For me, I’ve been using the extra time to blog, have pamper evenings or just to play sims and it’s been great.
I hope these tips are useful and can help you transition into the work from home life a bit easier. While I’m not exactly thrilled at the fact that we could be working from home for the next 12+ weeks as the world goes to shit outside, I’m still trying to make the best of a bad situation. I’m enjoying the extra time in bed, the comfy clothes, being at home immediately when I finish work and spending more time with my fiance and his brother as they’re both working from home too.
It’s a very difficult time right now so it’s important to stick together, keep strong and help out anyone who needs it.