4 Useful Tips for Working from Home
Right now, it’s safe to say that we are all living in very uncertain times.
With what is currently going on in the world, more and more of us are being asked/told to stay home in order to help ‘flatten the curve’ and get back to normal sooner rather than later.
Now, for some people, working from home isn’t generally that big of a deal, as thanks to the advances in modern technology, more and more people are now able to take their work home with them and work in the comfort of their own place.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with working from home, though, it can be difficult to focus, avoid distractions, and get done what needs to be done.
To help make life a little easier, here are 4 useful tips for working from home.
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
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
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.
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.