Working From Home Tips.

A lot of people in the UK are working from home right now as oppose to commuting to an office, and it’s starting to feel like we’re never going back to work. There has also been a lot of talk about this actually becoming a new normal after the pandemic as a money saving tool for large companies. I’m one of the many people who are praying that working at home doesn’t have to stop for me. If you feel this way also, then you need to ensure that you’re bossing it at working from home. If you’re struggling with the change, here’s some tips that will help you throughout the working day.

  • Motivate yourself by getting up, making your bed and getting dressed as you usually would. You obviously don’t have to go all out or look fancy.
  • Designate an area in your home as your new office space. Personalising this as much as possible as an actual office may help you feel more excited about working from home.
  • Ensure you are taking regular breaks to stretch your legs and getting some fresh air in the garden will be good for you also.
  • Stick to your normal office hours so that you keep structure and aren’t tempted to check emails outside of working hours.
  • Carve out time in your schedule to communicate with friends and family to prevent feeling too lonely as a result of missing your work friends.
  • Sit in a chair instead of the sofa as slouching on the sofa can cause back pain and discomfort.
  • Create a small morning routine to wake you up and prepare you for the day as you no longer have a commute. Its important to take a moment to breathe instead of rushing straight into working.
  • Set ground rules with other people in your home if necessary and prepare in advance if there’s a task that you need to do together during the working day. This is so that you can ensure enough work is done so that you do not fall behind.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions to a superior at your work place through message or any other type of system that your work approves of. Working away from your colleagues can make you feel less obliged to ask important questions but this can have a negative effect on the quality of your work.
  • Socialise with your favourite colleagues via social media or messaging to maintain some kind of normality.
  • If you are ill whilst working at home, don’t be tempted to work anyway due to not having to leave the house. You need to rest and working whilst sitting on your sofa doesn’t count.
  • Ensure that when your working day has come to an end that you are switching off from work. It may help if you have a short finishing work routine so that you can mentally recognise that even though you are in the same space, this is now your time.