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5 TOP TIPS – Working from Home

Working from home can be a challenge, especially if it’s something you have never done.  Below you can find some helpful tips to help make this transition, still be productive and get the work / life balance right. 

Routine Routine Routine

Your workday mornings may have changed and you may not be making the same daily commute, but having some kind of routine in place will help you mentally prepare for the day ahead. Simple things like getting up at a set time and putting time aside for a coffee and breakfast before you start the day will help you get into the “Work Day” mindset.   Also, stick to your regular work times.  If you usually work 8.30 – 5.30, stick to these times and switch off and move away from your work area at the end of the day.   

Create a Work Zone

One of the big challenges of working from home you may face is not being in your usual work space.  You need to create a work zone, away from distractions and ideally somewhere you can leave at the end of the working day.  If you are lucky enough to have a home office or a spare room where you can close the door, then this is ideal.  However, if this isn’t possible find a quiet area that is clutter free where you can sit comfortably.  Don’t be tempted to head to the sofa or stay in bed with your laptop!

Structure your day

Spending time figuring out what you'll do today can take away from actually doing those things. You could try creating to-do lists for the following day to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your supervisor so they know you're on top of your work.

Get some fresh air

Although you might not miss the daily commute to work, it did ensure you were out of the house every day.  Sitting cooped up in the house all day isn’t good for anyone.  Put time aside to go for a walk and get some fresh air, allowing you to come back to your Work Zone feeling refreshed and productive once more. 

Communication

Communication is key when working from home as it can be a very lonely and leave you feeling isolated.  Ensure you check in with colleagues on a regular basis, ideally via video call. Whilst most communications should of course be about work, try to begin and end the day with more personal conversations.