Many of us dreamed of working from home. Wouldn’t it be great to jump out of bed in your pyjamas to grab a cup of coffee before returning to read your emails? Well, for those of us who have been 'living the dream' over the last few weeks, the reality can be quite different. Let's talk about how we adapt and even thrive in this new work environment...
Start your day a better way
You may not have been a morning exerciser before COVID-19, but now that you’re working from home you can become one. Use the time you’d typically spend on commuting, making school lunches or dropping the kids to school to get a bit of fresh air or exercise. It doesn’t have to be strenuous – a brisk walk or an online yoga class are great ways to wake up your body and mind.
Choose comfort and style
Working in your pyjamas or track pants all day sounds like heaven but can make it tricky to shift into work mode. You don’t have to wear a suit or a dress (unless your video meeting calls for it), but changing into smart casual clothes will help you change your mindset.
Find a space and close the door
With children and partners at home, this can be a real challenge. If you don’t have a home office, set yourself up at one end of the dining room table or in any spare room you can find. Make sure you’ve got adequate lighting, heating, and a desk and chair at the correct height. Take advantage of delivery services for any home office equipment you might need.
Break up your time and establish a routine
When you work from home, it’s easy to get distracted, but it’s also easy to spend the entire day hunched over your computer and not see the light of day. Neither option will produce the best result. Block-out time in your calendar with reminders to take a break or move on to the next task. Turn off your audible notifications while you’re engaged in tasks that require serious concentration and schedule breaks specifically for stretching your legs and getting out of your workspace, replying to emails, chats and texts, and checking social media.
Whether you’ve worked from home occasionally in the past or have entered completely new territory, it seems likely that we’ll be doing a lot more of it for the foreseeable future. Enjoy the flexibility and extra time that working from home can offer and avoid the pitfalls by bringing structure to your day.