A Beginner's Guide to Working from Home

For many modern professionals, working from home is possible from time-to-time. But when it becomes the norm, it can help to structure your day.

Working From Home

  • Setting yourself up to work from home

    Do what you can to replicate the seating and desk posture that you have in the office. It can be challenging but try to find the best you can with what you have at home. Don’t be tempted to sit on the sofa with a laptop on a cushion if you have a kitchen table and chair that might be a better set-up for all-day working.

  • Create a comfortable environment

    If you’re not speaking with customers, a bit of background music can really help with energy levels and if you can, try to work where you can get natural light.

  • Dress for the day

    Make sure you dress for work as it helps you to feel like you’re properly at work i.e. don’t wear pyjamas or a onesie all day as you will feel lethargic. It’s a good discipline to help you separate between work and leisure time.

  • Set your to do list and be disciplined

    Challenge yourself to complete certain tasks in a day and be as organised as you would in the office. Working from home isn't an opportunity for friends to come around or to run errands outside of break-time.

  • Stretch and hydrate

    It’s easy to get involved with a task when you’re not distracted by others and you can easily find that you haven’t moved or drunk anything for hours. Set the alarm on your phone to remind you to get up, stretch, get a drink, eat lunch etc.  You will stay more productive and energised if you do this.

  • Take a break and remember to eat

    Make sure you take regular, short breaks to keep your energy and motivation going. Sometimes just loading or unloading the washing machine is enough to do this and it gets a chore done too!

  • Learn about yourself

    Try to notice when your energy is best and plan your most complicated tasks for that part of the day if you can.  Save some of the easier, ‘housekeeping’ tasks for when you know your energy wanes a bit. If you have a deadline to meet or are dealing with customer calls, just try to maintain your energy with good hydration and maybe a quick chat with a colleague to boost you along the way.

  • Virtual socialising

    Take a bit of time to stay in touch with your colleagues as you will probably miss them and the vibe you enjoy in the office. We all need to look out for each other. Keep in contact with your managers and ask them to keep in contact with you. Use mediums like Skype and Yammer to maintain engagement and keep in touch with colleagues.

  • Pack it away

    If you have the space, pack all your work stuff away when you’ve finished. It’s really important to separate work from home and this is a good way to do it.  Anyone you live with will appreciate this too.

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