Although there may be plenty of people who are used to it, there will be lots of people right now getting to grips with ‘working from home’. Given the current climate, working conditions have changed and those who are used to an office environment have waved goodbye to their office desks and brought all their equipment home for this ‘WFH’ necessity that is having to happen right now.
Working from home can be fantastic for most. It can mean a temporary pause in those long commutes meaning more time spent with family and perhaps the extra half an hour in bed. You may get to cook some great lunches as opposed to popping a ready meal in the microwave and you may be thankful of some time by yourself to concentrate on a current project.
But like anything, working from home doesn’t come without its distractions. Whether it’s your little one pulling at your leg from under the table, your next-door neighbour practising their latest guitar solo whilst you’re on a conference call or using the television as ‘background noise’, these distractions can easily come into play.
Whether it’s new to you, or you’re finding yourself giving in to those distractions easily, here are our top tips for working from home and maximising your productivity whilst doing so.
Set Out Your Home Office
If you’re going to be working from home for quite some time, it’s important that you set out a dedicated space for your ‘home office’. It can be quite tempting to move from the sofa to the dining table, into the conservatory and repeat. But setting out a dedicated space means that you not only keep everything in one place, but you begin to think of it as your actual ‘workspace’. Ensure that this space is somewhere that can continue to be your workspace for the foreseeable and is going to help to cancel out distractions. If you already have a home office, fantastic, but if not, consider somewhere that had a good desk space, comfortable seating and is away from televisions and loud appliances.
Make It Comfortable
Although your fancy ergonomic chair may be still in your office at work, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create a comfy space for you to work in. If you’re going to be spending 7 or 8 hours a day working away as normal, it’s important that you create a seat and desk space that is both comfortable and good for your posture. If you don’t have an actual desk, look for a stable, flat surface for you to work from. This will make it much easier than having your laptop balanced on your knee. In regards to your seating situation, it may be the case where you have to work with what you have and be more noticeable of your posture. We’ve also covered some workouts you can do at your desk in a previous post, to keep blood flowing and release some strain on your body.
Schedule Things In
Finally, having a working schedule for your days may make working from home that little bit easier and this accounts for two separate things. Firstly, schedule in your workload. Creating to-do lists at home will help you keep on top of your work if you are to get distracted at some point. It can be helpful to block out days so that you know what you are doing and when. Also, it’s important to schedule in regular breaks. It can be tempting to nip to the fridge every hour to see what you can pick at, but try and have a routine of when you’ll have a coffee break and a lunch break and perhaps use that time to get some fresh air also.
Working from home can pose some challenges, but can also bring opportunities as well. By ensuring your working environment and workload remain as normal as possible (or as close to that as you can!) will keep you on the right track.