Our Working from Home Top Tips
Following the recent announcement by the UK government to work from home, where possible, we decided to compile our top tips on keeping yourself motivated, maximising productivity and maintaining good physical and mental health.
Get Up Early
For many of us, the biggest challenge can be getting up early – why do we need to when we are only moving from the bed to the sofa, right? Wrong. Studies have shown that getting up early in the morning encourages productivity. Therefore, getting yourself into a routine of getting up on time, the same as if you were going into the office, is the best way to start your working day.
When working from home, it’s very tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day! With no co-workers or management around, what’s the point of getting dressed? Dr Karen Pine, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, tells us that it is common to adopt characteristics associated with the clothes you choose to wear. Now we are not saying you should be sitting at your home desk in a suit and tie! However, not staying all day in your pyjamas all day will undoubtedly help your mindset when it comes to maximising your productivity.
Work in Short Bursts
Working in an office means that your day can be broken up by lots of different things. You may have meetings to attend, engage in a casual chat with a co-worker, go for a coffee break, and take a stroll around the block at lunch. When you are working from home, it can be easy to fall into the trap of working for longer, unbroken periods, with very little other interaction. To be more productive, set yourself a schedule followed by a short break every hour. This will help with your concentration levels and is a helpful way to break up your day.
Eat Good Food
When we are work, we have access to a canteen or can pop out to grab ourselves a bit to eat. At home, it is easy to fall into the habit of grazing. Make sure that you have an hour set aside in your day to make yourself a proper meal and drink water regularly. Snacking continuously throughout the day will only result in a sugar crash come 3 pm!
Get Some Exercise
Most office-based jobs can be pretty sedentary but none more so than the one working from home, essentially now, when we are required to stay home as much as possible. Being too sedentary is harmful to your motivation levels but can also be terrible for your wellbeing and mental health. If you haven’t heard of the Body Coach, where have you been? Follow the Body Coach, aka Joe Wicks, on YouTube to get a daily workout – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Talk to Other Human Beings
Even if you are confined to your home with other members of your family, conversations with the outside world will help keep you feeling upbeat. Make a call to a co-worker or friend to say hello and see how their day is going.