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A QUICK GUIDE
Homeworking can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it does require a slight mindset change and a bit of personal discipline in order to remain productive, as well as physically and mentally active.
This short guide includes some great tips to get you started, but if you have any questions or concerns at any time during your homeworking journey, please do contact us.
Prepare To Work
Start the day as you mean to go on – set yourself up for homeworking success!
Assign a Dedicated Work Area
Dedicate a part of your house for working from home – perhaps in a specific room, or in a corner somewhere.
If you do not have a lot of space, then consider using a small portable table and chair that you can move around to different areas.
Develop a Morning Routine
Try getting out of bed at the same time you would when commuting into the office, as one can get into the habit of lying in. This helps to keep you in the ‘working mindset’, but also means that it will not be a shock when you do need to return to the office.
As you have a bit more time in the morning, perhaps start your day with some light exercising and stretching before breakfast, or go for a walk and get some fresh air.
Whatever you do, try to develop a ‘working from home morning routine’ that ends with you in your chair, refreshed, and ready to work.
Dress for Work
Unless you particularly like wearing pyjamas throughout the day, try getting dressed into slightly more business or formal attire.
This will help put you in a work mindset, but also show any others in your household that you are now in work-mode, and therefore need to focus on the tasks at hand. It is a great way too to start setting some ground rules early on for your family members when you work.
Virtual meetings and video calls may well increase while people work from home too, so think about how you would want to present yourself to your colleagues whilst working from home.
Find your Flow
- Do not worry about being stuck to your computer or next to your phone during the whole of the day.
- Do not feel pressured that you have to respond straightaway to emails or phone messages from colleagues.
- Do not stress if you feel every now and then that you have not been as productive as you would have liked.
- Allow yourself some time to adjust to working from home.
- Try and learn something new each day about how you can become more of an effective and happy homeworker.
Discover your most Creative Hours
Allow yourself to be flexible with your working hours, particularly if you have family/children at home at the same time.
Experiment to see what parts of the day you are at your most creative and effective, and stick with those times.
Schedule regular short breaks as well as a lunch break, and stick to them.
Make sure you keep well fed and hydrated throughout the day.
You may also be feeling disconnected from your colleagues during this time, so why not schedule a virtual coffee break via video call to catch up and say hello!
MAINTAIN GOOD POSTURE
As we may be more relaxed working at home, try to maintain good posture as you sit at your desk.
Remember guidelines on chair height, laptop eye level, etc.
DO A LITTLE EXERCISE
When working from home, we typically move less than when we are in the office, so remember to get some exercise in every day if you can.
WORK ON YOUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
As well as working on your day-to-day projects, tasks, and goals, take some time to work on your own personal development.
Look for gaps in your knowledge that would benefit yourself and the company, and perhaps take some time to watch videos, sign up for some webinars, read a book, listen to a podcast or do some research.
Do not forget to update any Personal Development Plans you have too with anything new you learn!