In the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic, many of us are facing a new way of working; we are working from home.
It may have felt weird picking up our laptops and heading for the home office, uncertain as to when we would return to our workplaces, if at all. We are now facing a different way of working, and for some of us it is quite unusual.
Something you may not know about me is, aside from owning and running Natural Home Co., I am also a part time Human Resources Consultant by day!
Here are my personal tips for working from home to make sure that no matter what role you are doing, you are successful, both at getting your work done and maintaining your mental well-being:
- Get dressed
It may sound simple? Yes! And this is a crucial one. While you think it may feel glamourous hanging out in your PJ’s all day… it is not, and it will get old fast and you will be less productive overall.
- Create a dedicated workspace
Make sure you create an environment at home that brings your most productive self up to the surface. Rather than cooping yourself up in your room or on the couch, dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work.
Try to avoid working in spaces that are associated with leisure time. You will appreciate the separation in the long run.
- Maintain your normal hours and set boundaries
Wherever possible, aim to maintain your normal hours. Sticking to your normal routine and being available for your coworkers is really important to help make remote working effective.
Also, don’t forget to finish work on time, don’t let work bleed into your personal hours.
- Structure your day and set some goals
Every morning create a to-do list of what your day will look like and what you need to work on. This will help you stay focussed and keep your productivity and motivation going. Take some breaks too! You don’t work 8 hours straight in the office either. Get some fresh air and sunlight wherever possible, go for a walk and have lunch outside.
- Switch off from the news and social media when you can
Don’t get sucked into by the news and watching current events. Distraction is one of the biggest challenges people face who are working from home.
It is great to stay informed of course! But it is also easy to scroll yourself into an anxious mess. Don’t get too immersed and take some time out for yourself if you do.
We are fortunate we live in the times of tools like MS Teams, Facetime, Skype and Zoom. When I started working from home a month ago I felt sad and isolated because I was always surrounded by people, some wonderful co-workers and I had gone from constant interaction to almost none. Message your friends, Zoom your co-workers, engage with the outside world!
- Be healthy
Not only are we in a time where we need to be vigilant with our hygiene, but we also need to be active and healthy when it comes to our every day.
Prioritise your physical and mental health sooner than later.
Lastly, be kind to yourself. This is a big transition and nothing is going to be perfect.
Embrace the times for what they are and brush up on your cooking skills or take an online yoga class.
Love to all,