If you are currently having to work from home, we have devised a list to help you make the most of your new workplace and how to stay motivated.
1. Create a Work Space
In order to stay motivated and productive, it’s really important to create a space that you can sit at every day – just like you would in your office. As tempting as staying in bed with your laptop may sound, this isn’t feasible for a long-term arrangement or on a regular basis.
If you have a spare room in your home, fabulous! Turn this into your working space – not only does it give you somewhere to go each morning, but it’ll separate you from what is happening in the rest of the house. However, if you don’t have the luxury of a spare room, set up a desk where you have space or on a dining table for example. The crucial element is finding somewhere you can sit comfortably and concentrate.
2. Stick to a morning routine
Fight the urge from day one to set your alarm to one minute before you’re due to start work. Sticking to a good morning routine will set you up for a productive day. Get up, take a shower, get dressed (you wouldn’t go to work in your PJ’s, so no need to do it at home!) make a coffee or a cup of tea and breakfast and then get to work.
3. Structure your day
Just as you designate and separate your physical workspace, you should be clear about when you’re working and when you’re not. You’ll get your best work done and be most ready to transition back to the office if you stick with your regular hours. Plus, if your role is collaborative, being on the same schedule as your coworkers makes everything much easier.
4. Plan your food for the day
With your own personal kitchen just a door or two away, it can be so tempting to wander in and out in search of snacks. When you get up in the morning, or the evening before, plan out what you are going to eat the next day, just like you would if you were heading into the office, and stick to your scheduled break times.
5. Stay off social media
Social media is designed to be easily accessed, which means it can be extremely distracting. Remember, it is still a working day whether you are at home or not, so to avoid being sucked into a social media blackhole when you are supposed to be working on something, turn off your notifications until you are finished work.
6. Make the most of video chat
Working from home can be an isolating feeling, especially if you are at home for a long period of time or if you’re used to being in an office environment. If something can be resolved over the phone or via a video call, choose this option instead of an email.