How to make working from home, work for you.
It’s a question on many people’s minds right now as we all adjust to a culture change. We’ve put together a few simple tips that might help your day:
- Try to keep to your normal working routine – set the alarm and get up (sack the snooze)!
- Park the PJs – studies show that when you dress to work, you function better. No need to suit and boot obviously but maybe ditch the dungarees.
- Make a list. A visual reminder of the day’s tasks or projects will help to keep you focussed and productive.
- Keep a clock handy. It’s easy to let the day run on when we don’t have people saying “just popping out for lunch”.
- Take regular breaks away from the desk, and include one decent break outdoors, maybe a lunchtime walk or bike ride, or just run around your garden! (Yes this is a thing!). If you really can’t get out, then make it useful by prepping supper or phone or skype a friend or relative – anything so your mind is off work.
- Have some ‘me time’. Usually, the journey home from the office is a chance to wind down. Without this, there’s a tendency to go straight from work to household chores or dealing with cooped up bored children. Have a breather, even if that means staying in your home office but listening to music or catching up on social news (with the laptop firmly shut).
- NHS Every Mind Matters is full of ideas and practical tips to keep your spirits lifted. Review what’s available to help.
- CPD: Now is a good time to start logging some CPD, particularly if you are furloughed. Remember no matter what your profession, all CPD programmes include an allowance for reading around relevant topics or industry topics. Google is your friend.
- Use more video. It’s been proven that face to face interactions are far more positive on the mood. Stay in touch with your colleagues via any of the many online conferencing platforms and apps, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype.
- Pick up the phone. Before you write that email stop and think if a call will do the same job. For many lone workers (those living on their own), a call makes their day.
Stay safe. Stay sane.
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