Top tips for working from home
Date: 24/03/20 | Author: Ben Steele
Given recent announcements, thousands, if not millions of people are being forced to work from home. Some perhaps even for the first time. These are some of our tips to help you actually get some work done instead of procrastinating like there’s no tomorrow.
Set your work hours
One of the main benefits from working from home is not having to deal with the daily commute. Without spending an hour in traffic everyday this enables you to have more time to spend with family, pets or binging Netflix. Whatever your poison, it’s important to, wherever possible, keep a schedule. The best part though, is that you can pick your own. Everyone is different with this; some people are most productive in the morning – so work 7 – 3. Others prefer the evening when the kids are asleep, so go with that. Play around with this and find what works best for you.
Stick to a routine
Just because you don’t have to leave your house doesn’t mean you should work in your PJ’s. Not getting up a consistent time, getting changed and ‘ready to tackle the day’ seriously kills your productivity. Even if it’s as simple as a shower and a coffee, this gets you in the right frame of mind instead of half-assing the day away.
Communicate with your colleagues
Chances are they’re in the same boat as you right now. If you get stuck on something or just want a chin wag, reach out. They’ll be glad to hear from you especially if you’re not going to see each other for a few months. We’re currently using Slack. It’s cheap, and very easy to use. It allows constant chat and bickering, just like you were in the office, but also video calling and screen sharing which allows the team to work together on a problem as if they were right next to each other.
Take a break
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to take a lunch break. Regular breaks increase productivity and creativity. We’ve all been stuck on a hard task that we can’t figure out, then when you step away from it for 5 minutes the solution seems almost easy. This is also a great chance to eat something healthy. Since McDonalds is currently closed, use this as a perfect opportunity to cook yourself something healthy for lunch.
Avoid the creep…
I’m not referring to your strange neighbour here, we’re talking about work creep. Since you’re always going to be in or around your ‘office’, work can slowly creep into your personal life. Our best recommendation for this is in line with the current government guidelines; social distancing. Set your work hours as above and then keep at least a 2m gap between you and your emails while ‘out of the office’.
Finally, don’t stress
We all know how easy it is to get distracted at home. Whether you’re currently trying to home school the kids or have to call a relative – distractions happen. It’s important you don’t beat yourself up about this or stress. Everyone’s in the same boat right now and it’s important you look after your mental health as much as your physical.
The Diverso Team
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