With more of us now working from home than ever before, we thought now would be a good time to share our top tips to maximise efficiency when working from home.
- Stick to a routine
As tempting as it may be to sleep in late and not get dressed all day, you will actually find that sticking to a normal routine will really help you to stay motivated. Make sure you wake up at a sensible time, grab a shower and get changed. Now, we’re not saying you have to dress smart to sit at your computer but putting on casual clothes that aren’t pyjamas will really help to mentally prepare you for the working day ahead.
- Create your space
Making sure you have a dedicated area to work in is really important to being able to work from home efficiently. Try to pick a space that has fewer distractions and somewhere you can realistically sit for most of the day. Comfort will play a big part in creating your space. You are going to be spending a lot of time here, so you want to be comfortable as possible. Make sure you have a comfortable chair which supports your posture, and a desk that sits at an appropriate height to prevent you leaning down to your screen. If you don’t have a desk, use the dining room table or something similar and create a space that mimics an office.
- Keep in touch with your colleagues
If you work as part of a team, make sure to have regular catch ups just like you normally would in the office. There are plenty of messaging apps and programs such as Slack, Skype and WhatsApp, which can be used to hold a phone or video conference with multiple people. Your team can also create to-do lists to keep yourself organised and share the lists with your colleagues, so they know what you are working on.
- Give yourself a break
It is really important to allow yourself some time away from your computer screen. Public Health England advise that workers should stand or do some light walking for at least two hours during office hours. Make sure you move around at home by taking regular breaks to stretch your legs. You are likely to spend a lot of time indoors over the coming weeks so it might be a good idea to open the windows and let in some fresh air and daylight, and take short walks outside if you can – but make sure to limit the amount of time spent outside and to wash your hands when you get home.