7 tips for working from home
The past two years have seen an acceleration in hybrid working. A trend that was already starting to emerge during the tail end of 2019, and now, has been amplified by the pandemic.
Early last year, over 46.6% of people in employment were working from home - a stark difference to below just 10% the previous year. It’s no surprise then that the way we work has drastically changed - some might argue for the better.
Whilst it looks like many companies will continue to implement a hybrid way of working, let’s understand how we can sustain this practice through an effective productivity plan that looks after our wellbeing from home.
Here are seven tips to help you get into the groove of working from home...
- Create the right environment
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of space, so we have to get creative to make the perfect home working environment fit around our everyday home lives.
Find a space that is light, airy and comfortable, where there are minimal distractions or noises.
It’s all about making the space work for you - think about what you might need in your space to maximise your productivity. Maybe a pinboard, sticky notes, candles, a plant and a second monitor, or whatever help you achieve your very best work.
Make it your own so you can feel at ease and ready to work when you step into this space.
- Think ergonomics
As tempting as it may be to use the sofa or your bed as your office, don’t. Otherwise your neck, shoulders, and back will pay the price!
Making sure your set-up is ergonomic is vital when you are working from home to look after your health and wellbeing.
Recent studies have found there can be serious health implications caused by sitting all day, let alone if you're curled up on the sofa for 8 hours.
We recommend investing in a height-adjustable desk so you can vary your day from standing and sitting, which in turn is better for your body and productivity. Afterall, investing in an ergonomic setup is a much better choice than spending hundreds of pounds on specialists in hopes to fix your work-related health problems.
- Remove distractions
Yes - I’m talking about your phone. Social media is the devil when it comes to productivity.
When you’re getting stuck in to a task, make sure your phone is on silent and far away from you so you can get into the deep workflow.
- Set the tone
Most people struggle to work in silence - we need our favourite music or the radio on in the background to get us in the zone.
Be selective about what you put on, there are some fantastic playlists on YouTube for focus and productivity that run for hours so you don't have to switch songs or stations midway through your workflow.
- Stick to a routine
Routines and rituals are so important when it comes to working from home. Whether that means creating a to-do list the day before, getting up early to exercise or reading some related articles - what helps you start your day right?
An after-work routine can be just as important as your before-work routine; this is your time to switch off and destress from the day.
Whilst working from home can seem like a luxury at times, it can also mean you forget to leave the house or get changed out of those pyjama bottoms. So make time to leave the house every day and get some fresh air!
- Stay connected
Working from home can be isolating, so it is important to stay connected to your team and colleagues to boost your mental wellbeing.
Instead of sending back and forth emails, try picking up the phone or scheduling a video call. Remember, 9 times out of 10 someone also working from home will be feeling the exact same, so ask how they are doing and if there are ways you can support each other.
- Be kind to yourself
No one can escape bad days - we all have them - but when you’re working from home, and you have a bad day, you can get stuck in a rut.
Remember to take breaks and look after your mental health. Find ways to practice mindfulness whether it is reading, yoga, listening to music or going for a walk, these can all levitate feeling in a slump after a bad day!
If you can do all seven of these top tips, you'll be set up for success when it comes to working from home!