How To Make Working From Home During Quarantine Easier
Home- working is the new for many organisations, however, given the current circumstances there may be more people than usual looking to work from home all under one roof.
If you’re fortunate enough to work in an industry that still has ongoing work for you, then this article may just help you.
By following these tips, working from home life may become a little more bearable..
- Create your space
Ensure you have a workspace for you to set up and be as comfortable as possible. Whether it be your dining room table or a bedroom desk, it’s important have enough space and make it somewhat similar to your usual office space. Pens, notepads, post-it notes and a space for your trusty coffee mug!
- Break up your time
Plan your day! If you don’t have any kind of routine, your day becomes less productive and dull. Make yourself some kind of timetable and set a goal for each chunk of time in your day…it should look something like the below:
6.30am – Wake up
7am – Get up/exercise/ go for a walk
8am – Have your breakfast (something healthy will go a long way)/ get dressed
8.15am – Turn on your computer/make a hot drink
8.30am – Start Work
Stand up and stretch every hour, on the hour
By 12.00pm – Have completed e.g. Meets, research, emails, writing etc.
By end of the day – have all work completed.
6.30pm – Have your Tea/Dinner
7.00pm – Shower
Spend your Evening doing something different instead of scrolling through social media endlessly; Reading, going for a walk, watching an educational YouTube video, listen to a podcast etc.
Sleep – It’s important to get your usual amount of sleep! Don’t mess up your body clock – there’s already enough disturbance in your routine.
Technology is going to be your best friend for a long amount of time. A small video call/ phone call is going to save multiple emails and WhatsApps, which will inevitably save time and increase your productivity.
- Turn off notifications
Nothing kills work like endless incoming notifications. If possible, turn off your mobile and allow yourself to check this during your lunch hour or break time. If you use your mobile for work, it may be best to turn off notifications in your settings for any other apps you don’t need access to during your working hours.
- Check in
Make sure you are checking in regularly with your team when you can. It’s important to evaluate each team members workload and how long each task will take them. This way you can ensure all workload is distributed evenly, everyone is remaining calm and work is still completed as usual.
Check in with people you are used to speaking to regularly and ask them how they are getting on. It’s easy to feel like you’re disconnected from people when you’re only receiving emails about work from them, drop your colleagues an email and ask them how their day/evening has been…see if there is anything you can do to help them.
These 5 tips may only seem simple, but they are crucial at keeping life a little bit normal for the foreseeable.
Stay isolated and remember that we are 1 day closer to getting back to normality!
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