Top Tips: How to effectively work from home

A large chunk of the population have suddenly found themselves working from home and while many will enjoy skipping the morning commute, it will seem like a daunting experience for others.

Whether you’re a long-term agile worker or new to the stay-at-home game, we’ve outlined some top tips to help you make the most of knuckling down in your own abode.

Do create a professional work space

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a spare room which they can turn into a home office. However, simply designating a work space within your home can help you to get in the zone and focus on the tasks at hand. You can even kit the area out exactly how you like – whether you prefer two screens, like to have all of your stationery perfectly organised or simply feel more focused surrounded by plants!

Don’t lose track of time

It’s easy to lose track of time while working from home and you can often end up starting earlier and finishing later, so think about setting timers for the beginning and end of your day. Working from home also enables you to make the most of your time in a way that the traditional office environment doesn’t – so whether you want to finish the laundry, do something creative or read a few chapters of your favourite book, be sure to make the most of the time when you would be commuting!

Do create an atmosphere that helps you concentrate

If you prefer that slightly more office-like feel, why not put on the radio or some background music to help you concentrate. However, if you’re used to a busy household, you may prefer a bit of peace and quiet while you work. This is personal preference and all about creating an atmosphere that works for you!

Don’t let yourself be distracted

You may enjoy watching TV, reading a good book or playing video games but these need to be limited to your free time; you’re still at work and it’s a very slippery slope if your two lives start to overlap. Instead, perhaps write up a list of your favourite pastimes and think of these as a treat once you’ve finished your workload for the day.

Do get ready for the day

When you tell people that you work from home, it’s almost certain that they imagine you spend your days lounging in your pyjamas, answering emails from bed. However, one of the top pieces of advice is to set yourself a morning routine just as you would if you were heading into an office; showering and getting dressed before sitting down for your morning coffee will naturally put you in a completely different mindset.

Take a breather 
This is vital for anyone who works from home. We’re currently living in a climate where our time spent going to the grocery store or our favourite coffee shop is restricted, but it’s still important to take some time away from your screen to allow your mind to reset. Whether you want to enjoy your morning coffee in your garden or on your balcony, or take a quick stroll in the nearby park on your lunch break, these moments will help to fight away any feelings of isolation.

Don’t forget to communicate

It’s easy to forget how your co-workers are getting on when they aren’t in the room with you so try to check in with them when you can. This isn’t just about letting the team know that you are actually working – it also helps to build relationships and sustain that feeling of camaraderie. A number of businesses have also recently adopted ‘virtual hangouts’ where they’ll host lunchtime or end of the day video calls with the team, giving everyone the chance to catch up over a quick drink or bite to eat.

Person holding a coffee while working on their laptop

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