Working from home - 5 Top Tips
Are you now working from home for the first time because of the Covid-19 virus?
This blog touches (from a socially acceptable distance!) on some of our top tips for working remotely, whether it be temporarily or a permeant lifestyle change.
Firstly, what kind of jobs a best suited to remote working;
Social media management
Basically any job that you can do 100% from a laptop is something that can be more easily done remotely.
Some of our top tips for working from home/remote working include;
1. Get some fresh air.
When working in an office, your morning commute can help you wake up and feel ready to work by the time you get to your desk. At home, however, the transition from your pillow to your computer can be much more jarring.
Our top tip is to go for a 15 minute walk/get some fresh air before you dive into your to-do list. As soon as you get back getting your tasks started will be much easier as you’ll have a clear head, and this will be key to making progress on the tasks gradually throughout the day. Without that walk, you'll more than likely prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation.
2. Pretend like you are going into the office.
The mental association you make between work and an office can make you more productive, but there's no reason that feeling should be lost when working from home.
When working from home, do all the things you'd do to prepare for heading into the office: Set your alarm, make (or go get) coffee, and wear nice clothes. We do not recommended to stay in your PJ’s all day, however we do understand the novelty aspect of remote working during this unusual time!
3. Choose a dedicated work space.
Just because you're not working at an office doesn't mean you can't, well, have an office. Rather than cooping yourself up on your couch or pulling out your laptop on top of your duvet - spaces that are associated with leisure time - dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work. Ideally this would be at a desk or even the kitchen table.
4. Plan out what you'll be working on ahead of time.
Spending time figuring out what you'll do today can take away from actually doing those things. Also, you'll have planned your task list so recently that you can be tempted to change your schedule on the fly.
Obviously it's important to let your agenda change if you need it to, but it's equally as important to commit to an agenda that outlines every job/task before you begin. Try solidifying your schedule the evening before, making it feel more official when you wake up the next day to get started on it.
5. Stay in touch
Finally, it’s very important not to fall off the face of the earth when you start working from home. Its important to stay connected with your work colleagues or team, in order to eliminate the feeling of loneliness and isolation (particularly if you live alone).
Plan to keep in touch every day, several times a day by phone or Skype. Have a work-buddy or team that you can rely on and use the technology tools to hand to help feel connected.
Working from home can be a new experience for a lot of people at the moment, and can be particularly stressful when it happens all of a sudden. Maintaining structure and strong communication will be key to making the office to home transition as smooth as possible! Just think of all the home comforts you can now enjoy, without the worry of their being milk in the tea station fridge!