Tips on how to Work from Home if you’re struggling.
The past 6 months have seen a colossal change in how the Nation, indeed the World, works. The migration to remote working escalated (way more) than ten fold and suddenly we were all working from home no matter who you were.
by Helen Sharland
A year ago
There has been a call for employers to really embrace flexible working and working from home for a long time now, so for this campaign it was a fantastic opportunity for employers to see just how productive people could be working around their families or as care givers.This is great news, especially if you are one of the many who have experienced discrimination in the workplace for needing to work around family, those days should be long gone.
Remote working pro's and cons
There were many of us who were already embracing remote working, with the rise of co working spaces and digital nomads, even we went from having a huge premises in London with 10 employees to changing the way we work to remote working with freelance team members, and right now a tiny premises alongside working from home. What we learnt….there are positives and negatives to every side, we learnt last year so much about this topic as everyone is now learning through this pandemic, some people love it and some, well, hate it…generally there are 2 schools of thought;
Those who love working from home, reasons why;
- Fits in with family commitments
- More productive without the commute
- Can work the hours you need to get the work done, not dictated 9-5 hours
- This then means you factor in a good exercise regime when it suits you therefore more healthy
- You can wear pyjamas all day if that’s your thing! Most people however like to get up and dressed for work still, it’s state of mind thing..
- No distractions with office chit chat
And therein also brings the negative
- Those who live alone find it very isolating
- Some thrive off people and office banter
- Brainstorming is harder
- No human connection for days potentially
- No routine between day and night
- Very little variation of surroundings
How to improve your working from home experience
For now, it looks like many of us are remaining at home, so how do we make this a more productive, enjoyable experience, for any situation you maybe in?
- Differentiate your days, have work time and home time still, but choose your best working hours
- Create a morning routine (read about our suggestions here on that) if possible leave the house before you start work, even if just for a walk in nature, or practice yoga or a workout.
- Dedicate a space for you to work in, surround yourself with motivational desk stationery/wall art and add plants - they are proven to improve air quality and boost your mood
- Use a timer/app to remind yourself to get up and move throughout the day, take breaks every couple of hours, walk in the garden or make a soothing drink, create a mid morning ritual for this
- Create a work schedule that is productive using a program such as Asana
- Create regular catch ups with colleagues and clients but not to the point of total distraction, plan your days around YOUR needs.
- Take a lunch break, cook food, nourish yourself
- Drink lots of water
- At the end of the day try to get out for a walk again, especially if you haven’t been able to run any errands that day
- Factor in minor household chores to keep you on top of things, but don’t let them interfere too much with your working day, schedule them in
- Use a planner like Hello Day or Best Self to literally plan each hour for the most productive results.
I hope that helps somewhat, the thing now is to truly action them, share any other tips you may have and we’d love to hear how you’ve managed working from home so far, drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon!