Work From Home Tips
Working from home has its perks that many of us enjoy (bye bye commute!), but it can also be very challenging at times. Some people will find it very hard to get work done and ignore all these new distractions, while others won’t know where to stop and will overwork themselves. Here are a few tips to help you strike a balance and get the most out of the working from home experience.
It is important to chat to your roomates, family members or anyone who will be at home with you about respecting your space during working hours. It may also be the case that you share office space with somebody else in your home and so it would be helpful to lay some ground rules about meeting times, shared desks and chairs and quiet times.
You’ve probably seen this one come up a lot but that is for good reason. Establishing a routine is crucial because without one the lines between work and personal time can get blurred. If possible, follow your normal sleep and work patterns consistently. Try to put in place a morning routine that makes you feel good and sets you up well for the day, for example, some people take time to read with their morning coffee, others go for a walk or jog or make themselves a nice breakfast and listen to their favourite radio program.
Taking time out from your work will help you to manage your stress. It is important that you take scheduled breaks and some smaller breaks, even 5 to 10 minutes every hour. This will really help with your productivity and ability to focus. Get up out of your chair at least every hour to get blood circulation and avoid stiffness. Try not to look at any screens during your breaks, instead, get some fresh air, exercise or go for a coffee.
Having a dedicated workspace away from people and distractions will allow you to focus better and work more efficiently. Find a space away from the main home area if possible and definitely not in your bedroom. This point is very important because it will create a point of differentiation between work time and personal time which helps your brain to know when you’re off the clock. If you eat, work and sleep in the same places you might struggle to find a work-life balance. The ideal set up would be to sit in a chair with good back support at a desk that is in a room with plenty of sunlight.
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