As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, most UK employees now find themselves working from home. While at first this felt like a dream come true, the challenges of remaining productive when working from home quickly reveal themselves.
We have put together 10 of our Top Tips for remaining productive and motivated whilst working remotely!
Although working from home comes with more relaxed working hours and dress-code, following your usual routine makes it easier to maintain work-life balance. If your work-from-home routine closely resembles your routine at the office, it will be easier for you to transition back into office life in the future.
Having a full routine which takes you from your bed to your make-shift office space will mean you are more likely to arrive at your laptop alert and on-time.
Although you won’t be seeing your colleagues in person, make the effort to wear something professional and office appropriate. Not only will this help you avoid any awkward last-minute Skype meetings in your Pyjamas, but professional business dress puts you in a work-mindset.
While so many of us are required to work from home, it can get very crowded if multiple people are working remotely, especially if you also have children who aren’t in school. If more than one person in your house is working from home, discuss who will work in what area, if they will need silence for any Skype meetings and who will need the printer at what times ect. If you are also caring for children, make it clear what is and isn’t acceptable during your working hours.
Just because you are working from home, it doesn’t mean you don’t need or shouldn’t take breaks. Breaks are just as important when working remotely as they are in the office, so make you take them in full.
Working from home offers more flexibility than office-based roles, however it is important to not take advantage of these perks. It can be very tempting to put off work to spring clean your wardrobe, but we need to remember use our work time wisely. One way to do this is make To-Do lists and colour code them using a traffic light system (Red – Must be done today, Amber – Lower importance, Green – can be put off to another day if there isn’t time). This will help you prioritise your workload when you are overwhelmed.
Working remotely requires more communication than in traditional office environments. Make sure everyone who needs to be aware of your schedule is updated regularly and knows your availability.
Just like you would in the office, establish an evening routine to symbolise you clocking out of work. This could be anything from not starting new tasks after half 4, to signing out of business systems and shutting down your computer. Make sure you are consistent with your routine, to help maintain work-life balance while you self-quarantine.
Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost self-esteem and reduce stress, so make sure it is part of your daily routine. Although going to the gym on your lunch break may be temporarily out of the question, there are plenty of at-home workouts available on Youtube and Instagram, alternatively take your dog on a lunchtime walk.
Working from home allows you to spend more time with your family and pets, so make the most of it! Now is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or reignite an old passion of yours. Self-Quarantine will soon come to an end and we will return to our ordinary working lives, so take advantage of baking in the morning or working on your vintage car during your lunch break while you can!
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