So, you’ve been told to work at home, now what? Whether it’s a job role change or due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having to work from home can be a shock to the system. Don’t worry though, we’re here with some working from home tips to make your transition to home working as smooth – and productive - as possible!
One way to re-train your brain to work at home is to do everything you would normally do in the morning all the way up to stepping foot out of the house. Enjoy your morning shower, get dressed, brush your teeth and make your breakfast just like normal.
And the time you usually spend commuting? Why not enjoy an extra 20 minutes in bed or really savor your breakfast? You could even go for a walk and get your favourite coffee to-go - starting your day off with some much-needed fresh air and caffeine. However you want to do it, take full advantage of that freed up time!
Whether you like post-its, online corkboards like Trello, word docs, or a plain old list in your notepad, never doubt the power of a good to-do list. When you have clear set objectives for the day ahead you can stop flapping and wasting time and get that work done.
It can also be therapeutic to make a to-do list for when you finish work with tasks like reading a few chapters of your new book, a home yoga video or baking your favourite cakes – giving you something to look forward to.
Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you have to skip your lunch break. If anything you can make lunch that little bit sweeter with your own kitchen, supplies and entertainment (episode of your new favourite series anybody?). As long as you’re working your normal hours, getting your work done and not taking advantage, your breaks are still very valid and important. Spend them how you like!
It's also important to disconnect once your working day is done - letting your colleagues know you're enjoying some much-needed me-time. Just because you're working from home doesn't mean that you have to work more, so stick to your normal hours as much as possible. Fill your evening with activities you enjoy - and leave those emails alone!
Obviously, distractions happen throughout the day, especially if your kids are home, but you need to try and set some boundaries. One way you can do this is telling everybody (including yourself) your working hours and explaining that you can catch up, talk about dinosaurs, etc. after you finish work.
With children it’s obviously different but try to plan activities to keep them occupied while you work and try to explain the situation to them as best you can. Otherwise they’re likely to think you’re just staying home to entertain them all day!
Last updated: 02 November 2020