Create a dedicated workspace

Create a dedicated workspace

First and foremost, one of the most important things you need to do when working from home is create a dedicated workspace in your home.

Now, we know that the urge to work from the sofa in front of the TV, or even in bed, will be great right about now, but productively speaking, those are not viable workspaces. If you work from the sofa or your bed your back will get stiff, you won’t get comfortable, and you’ll find yourself getting distracted by the TV and various other things.

To work from home more effectively, find a part of the home that is quiet and tucked away where you can focus and work without distractions.

Purchase useful kit

Purchase useful kit

Okay, right now this pandemic is a temporary measure. We know that we can beat it and get back to normality, it’s just a case of when.

Despite this, a lot of people will be working from home for the foreseeable future, which is why it’s so important to invest in the right kit.

Items such as a standing desk for example, may be useful as that way you can avoid back and posture issues by using a standing desk and become a little more active.

Noise cancelling headphones are also useful if there are a lot of noises and distractions around you, and a laptop stand is also vital.

Set yourself clear working hours

Set yourself clear working hours

Many of us have had our daily routines flipped upside down and turned inside out with what is going on. Because of this, establishing a routine may be difficult, but it should be done.

Without a routine many of us will simply do a few hours here, and a few hours there, without really getting much done.

To increase productivity, give yourself a series of clear-cut working hours and treat them like you would if you were at the office.

Get dressed

Get dressed!

For many, being able to work in your pyjamas was the dream, but as the saying goes ‘be careful what you wish for’.

While working in your PJs may be comfortable, and you could argue that would increase productivity, subconsciously if you are in your PJs you’re in “relaxation mode” and your brain won’t fire on all cylinders.

Before you start work in a morning, be sure to shower and, you know, put some proper clothes on.