Working from Home – Essential Tips

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Working from home has become a necessity for many people at this present time – for some it is creating a challenge of being the first time they have ever had to work from home and it is important to be able to adapt your mindset and allocate a space where you can work comfortably and separate yourself from your home life.

Location Location Location – decide on where your home office space is going to be – if you already have a dedicated office at home, great – otherwise find a space where you know you can work away from the rest of other household members, whether it is a corner of the dining room/lounge, space under the stairs or temporarily convert the spare bedroom.  A desk overlooking a window or with views to the outside with some natural light is a great advantage.

The next step is to create a daily routine – wake up at your normal time and set a start and end time with scheduled coffee and lunch breaks in between so that you can give your self adequate time to walk away from the phone and computer screen and go out and get some fresh air if you can.                                                                                                                         

It also helps if you get dressed out of your pj’s and into your normal clothes before you sit at your desk – you will feel more human and professional and inclined to work.

Create a to-do list to keep you motivated and organised – this can be done daily or weekly and will help you to achieve what needs to be done giving you a sense of satisfaction when completed.

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Avoid distractions – it is so easy when working from home to start multitasking and move away from your desk to go and do the laundry or get the vacuum cleaner out – forget about household tasks whilst you are in ‘work mode’ and set aside time for these tasks at the end of your working day.

Keep in touch with your work colleagues – if you are used to working in an environment with other people or are working on  a project as part of a team , stay connected, you want to maintain that social contact that you would have in the office normally.                                                                                     

Keep your co-workers updated throughout the working day via e-mails and face to face via phone or video conferencing such as facetime or Zoom.

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Although we are not able to meet up with any of our work colleagues, friends and family for a drink or a meal at the end of the working day, it is still important to maintain that social contact during these challenging times, even if it means sitting on our own with a well-deserved drink communicating via social media or on the phone.

 

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