Working From Home: My Top 10 Tips

For the majority of us this has been our first week working from home. As wonderful as it sounds I know it’s definitely brought about challenges for myself and I’m sure it has for you too.

When you work from home the line between personal and work life can blur. You can throw a load in the washing machine whilst in between tasks, wear pyjamas all day or play fetch with your dog whilst on a call. Plus you save money the commute, don’t need to iron your work clothes, make your pack-lunch or do your make-up. Whilst working from home may be a luxury and it does have great benefits, we still need to maintain a good work routine and keep up the same productivity, motivation and happiness even if it is from our make-shift desks.

But don’t worry, we are all trying to figure this out and find what works best. If you are in need of some WFH tips then you are in the right place.

I’m going to share with you my top 10 tips, some I’m already using others I’m trying my best to implement.

  1. Create a dedicated work space

Set yourself up in a spot away from your bed and sofa to create that going-to-work, office vibe. Maybe you are self employed or maybe working from home is set to become a long term thing, if so then think about investing in a desk and good comfy chair which will help you create that feeling of ‘going to work’. Plus it will help you avoid distractions, maintain good posture and leave your work behind at the end of the day.

2. Get ‘ready’ for work

Get out of your pyjamas and get dressed, just like you would if you we’re heading out to work. Avoid rolling out of bed and plonking your laptop on you lap. Stick to your regular morning routine, get up at the same time, shower, pick an outfit for the day and get some breakfast. It will really help you mentally prepare yourself for the day and get you into that ‘I’m going to work’ mindset.

Illustration by Gemma Correll

3. Use videochat for meetings

Whether it’s Facetime, Skype or Hangout make sure you keep an element of human interaction throughout your working day. Working from home can sometimes feel lonely so make sure you check in with your collegaues regularly just like you would in the office. Plus it boost everyones moral and it’s good to catch up on what each other it doing.

4. Listen to the radio, podcast, movie or playlist for background noise

I don’t know about you but I struggle to work in silence. I love having the radio on in the background as I like hearing another humans voice and it’s a bit of company. Plus music has a great effect on our energy and boosts our mood and motivition.

5. Write a to-do list of your tasks for the day

Usually just before I’m finishing for the day or first thing in the morning I like to create list of the tasks I need to complete that day. I usually start and end the day with smaller taksks and then organise a few larger tasks furing the middle of the day. It ‘s a great way of feeling productive, staying focused and gives you something to achieve each day.

6. Have Tea breaks

Prioritise time for tea breaks. Dont’ think you have to stay at your dek 9-5. Having a tea break is the perfect excuse to get up from you desk, move around, stretch those legs and grab a few biscuits!

7. Get some fresh air

As we are having to limit human contact and being urged to stay at home, please do not spend all your time indoors. Open the windows, open your curtains and create a bright and airy work space. If you live in an unpopulated area head out for a quick walk on your lunch break, or just head into your garden and have a dance break! Make sure you get some fresh air!

Illustration by Amelia Flower

8. Take lunch away from your desk

Take your lunch outside or at your kitchen table, where every it may be make sure it is away from your desk. It will help you relax, re-energise, refocus for your afternoon work and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen.

9. GET YOURSELF SOME SNACKS

I don’t know about you but snacks make my working day a whole lot better! Now I’m not just talking about chocolate bars or crips etc. I’m talking about humous and carrot sticks, nuts, fruit, greek yoghurt – healthy, nutritious and delicious snacks that quench any little craving you may be having. Why don’t you fill your lunch bag like you usually would if you were heading out to the office with healthy snacks so avoid any bad eating occuring.

10. Organise and tidy your workspace

I’ve got into this habit quite well. At the end of the day I like to tidy and organise my desk; remove any empty mugs, dishes and glasses so that my desk is inviting for the folowing day. I also organise my paperwork so that it’s easy to find when I need it next.

I’m sure you will find your own way to create that office feeling, these are just a few. If you have anymore left me know!

Stay safe!

Love, AR