The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has left us with no choice but to quickly adapt to major changes in our routine. One of these changes has been remote working.
Kitchen tables are now makeshift desks, team meetings are held from balconies, plugs and leads are strewn across sitting rooms – and small people climb on us or furry friends race around our feet.
If you’ve found yourself having to work from home right now, it might be quite an adjustment. There are some great work from home tips available across the internet, but we wanted to find some unique ideas to share with you:
If you feel the urge to get up and walk around, get up and walk around. Discipline is important, but you're not locked to your workspace. Give yourself five minutes of dedicated, passionate procrastination, then go back to work.You're not going to have traffic passing by your desk, which means none of those little small-talk chats that break up your day. They're important and you're going to miss them, so replicate them by texting a friend now and then, or taking five minutes to reply to a tweet or two.Because you're not in your professional environment, you're missing your usual prompts. Visualise your normal day and, if there are things you usually do, set lots of reminders on your phone or computer so you don't miss them.You are at far greater risk over over-working than slacking off. You might feel like you have to ‘prove’ that you’re working, to earn the trust of your manager. Or you might not trust yourself, and worry that working at home will mean that you’ll get nothing done. Remember that with lowered boundaries between work and home, you’re actually more likely to work too much.
Your home workspace is not the office -- customise it! Put your favourite things in your eyeline. Play music. Wear an outrageous and shameful hat and tell no one.
Like football players in empty stadiums, you're going to hear your own voice a lot more. Lean into it. Talk to yourself. Have animated conversations. Debate whether you've earned a cup of tea yet. Dance to the kettle.Listen to your body. I know it sounds obvious, but you're sitting in a different chair to normal. Or maybe you're working from your couch, or bed. That's fine, but be really careful of your posture, and stretch twice as often as you normally would.
Leave the house once per day, if you can. Remember to maintain proper social distancing if you’re exercising outside. Look at distant objects, it's good for your eyes.