Top Tips for Working from Home
Working from home has some perks that some of us enjoy, no more commute for one, but this change has been challenging for many.
Many of us feel stressed, have a lack of motivation and anxiety, which is entirely normal. Alongside this, we might be worried about future job prospects or the best way to juggle work with our personal and family life.
Here are some simple tips that can help you feel more productive and motivated while taking care of your mental health while working from home.
Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule and stick to it...most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain a work-life balance.
Generate a digital schedule or jot it down with pen and paper and stick it in a visible place. Come up with a detailed to-do list that's broken down into categories based on importance.
Don't short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour or meal break. If you work for an organisation, know the policy on break times and take them. If you're self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seem to be the standard for full-time UK employees.
It also helps to regularly move your eyes off the screen, even if it's a micro-break of 10-20 seconds.
Create an eating plan
having a plan prevents you from working to the point of hunger and then scrambling to decide what to eat. You should also avoid eating at your workstation. Plan out your meals and snacks ahead of time, such as at the beginning of the week or workday.
When the whole office suddenly starts working from home, you're cutting off a lot of the casual social interactions you're used to having throughout the day. This helped you feel less lonely and broke up the monotony of work. When you work from home, you don't have that.
You can schedule morning video calls with your whole team to fill the space for that first-getting-into-work small talk or carve out time for other check-ins throughout the day slack messages, calls, text, Zoom, or however your company communicates. Just keep the communication following.
And finally, Be Positive.
The less face time you have with people, the more an intentionally concise message can come off as terse and short-tempered. Reading tone in written messages is difficult in all remote settings.
Successful remote employees have a reputation for being extremely disciplined. After all, it takes serious focus to do any full-time job from an unconventional space. If you find yourself working one minute and researching vacation house rentals the next, don't reprimand yourself too harshly. Instead, ask yourself whether people in an office setting do the same thing. If the answer is yes, cut yourself some slack, then get back to work. Above all, remember, you need to balance productivity with self-care; otherwise, you risk burning out.
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