We’re now a good month into lockdown, meaning most of us have been working from home for a month, if not a little longer.
Working from home can be a stressful thing to do as you have to motivate yourself to get going as you have no one there physically checking up on you to hold you accountable. You might have distractions around you such as children, siblings, and family members meaning it’s not as easy to concentrate as in your normal work setting.
Here’s my top tips on how to get the most done working from your home:
Keeping A Routine
It sounds delightful to not have to set an early alarm to get up for but if you get into the pattern of waking up later every day, it will affect your productiveness. Try to set an early-ish alarm somewhere around 8:30 so you’re still seeing a decent percent of the morning, this way you can be up and ready to work by 10 latest.
The same goes with the time you’re going to sleep, try not to get into the habit of staying up past midnight, it will just make the mornings a struggle.
Staying In Touch
It’s really important to stay in contact with those that you work with, to stay in the loop and know where everything is at. It’s no good having several people doing the same task, that’s a waste of time!
There are a few good sites that allow a business to stay well connected such as ‘Slack’ and ‘Trello’. Slack is a platform that makes it easier for businesses to communicate and have group messages whereas Trello can be used for managers to upload jobs for colleagues to complete and add images/ attachments of the completed task.
An example of a business that’s managing to thrive through this time is The Font Marketplace, they have a small team of 30 staff which are located over 10 different counties. They also have no office space yet the craft and design marketplace is still thriving, now that takes some good teamworking.
A Tidy And Quiet Workspace
The space that you’re working in can have a huge impact on your mindset. I’d recommend spending 5 minutes before you start working tidying the area around you, this should help to clear your mind and allow you to focus.
Likewise, if you have a noisy household it would be good to try and find a quiet spot, maybe that could be a table in the sunshine.
If you think about a normal working day, you will have a couple of tea breaks and a lunch break, to separate the day up. The same should be done for your day of working at home, you’re not going to function as well if you’re not allowing yourself time away from your task.
A really good method to use is time limits, for example: spending 2 hours working on a certain project and then taking a half an hour break for yourself. Then you can some back with a fresh mindset to carry on working on the same project or you could work on a slightly different task, depending on your job and what you’re able to do.
How are you coping with working from home?