Change is never easy, but the precautions we must take are important for everyone’s health. Many companies around the globe are rolling out mandatory working from home and we know this is new for many people, so we wanted to share some of our experiences in staying productive, connected and happy whilst ‘WFH’.
Business as usual:
When working in an office, your morning commute can help you acclimatise and give you time to ready yourself. At home however, the transition from duvet to desk can be a little more abrupt.
- Stick to your routine by waking up at the normal time, having breakfast and getting dressed properly (no pj procrastination!)
- Fill in your commute time by doing morning exercise, reading or call a friend.
- Be sure to start work on a normal schedule in a place in your house you can focus.
Crank up the Communication:
In the office, overhearing a conversations or bouncing ideas off one another often lead to the best ideas and a lot of social interaction. There are ways to continue this at home.
- Make remote conversations as ‘rich’ as possible by using video calls so you can better read people.
- Make virtual coffee breaks with colleagues to keep up social satisfaction.
- Try virtual ‘body doubling’. Connect with a colleague via a video call and both work ‘live’ on your own project.
Be realistic about your goals:
Don’t fall into the trap of being over-ambitious.
- Create a priority sheet at the start of the day and work pragmatically towards achieving it.
- Leave your desk for breaks and take advantage of being at home to relax for half an hour in the afternoon.
- Make sure you make time to make substantial meals and drink water regularly. Snacking throughout the day can lead to an afternoon energy slump.
Design your space:
Do your best to separate your workspace from your living space.
- Find a location in your home that you can only use for work during the day, hopefully with plenty of natural light
- Have a comfortable chair, table and quiet space to be able to do focused work
Bookend your day:
When your office is also your home, it can be difficult to know when your working day is “done.”
- Once the working day is up, put the laptop down.
- Plan your evening activities to ensure you stop working.