Working From Home Tips

May 18, 2020 | Megan Kinnaird
Lockdown has caused remote work to be the new normal and for many of us, that’s an entirely new regime. Change can be stressful and there are so many factors to consider; are working hours the same? More or less coffee? Fortunately, the Focus Online team have some experience with these questions so, without further ado, let’s figure this out!

Set Up A Workspace

When working from home, there’s nothing worse than cross-pollinating spaces – work needs to be work, relaxation needs to be zen. When these two areas become enmeshed, it’s difficult to actually end your day and not keep tinkering into the night or on the weekends. So, step 1, find a spot no matter how small to put your laptop/desktop, source a chair your back will thank you for and get started.

Schedule Breaks

It is so easy to become wrapped up in the tasks at hand that the day can pass by before you know it. Top tip number 2 is to schedule yourself breaks at intervals that suit you, perhaps it’s 15 minutes for a coffee at 10:00 am followed by lunch at 13:00 pm and maybe an afternoon stretch at 15:00 pm. Whatever fits your day best, do it!

Stay In Touch With Coworkers

You’re all in this together! Plan a Skype, Zoom, or WhatsApp call to touch base, catch up, and check-in. These are people you typically see every day and taking 10 minutes to chat can be important in maintaining a sense of normalcy and team camaraderie.

Make a List

A new regime can feel overwhelming and allow for things to slip through the cracks so stay on top of lockdown life by creating a list, checking it twice and ticking items off – it is also surprisingly satisfying!

Move Your Body

Movement is an important part of physical and mental wellbeing. Whether it’s a walk around your space, a quick yoga flow, or a high-intensity workout, you will feel so much better for getting up and moving. If you lack direction, have a look at the free FitOn App or Facebook JEFF Workouts.

Maintain Work Hours

Routine, routine, routine! If your company is operating business as usual, keep your typical hours, lunch breaks, and team meetings if possible. By maintaining a routine your days will feel more normal and it will be easier to create a divide between work time and downtime. We recommend creating an alarm for the start of work, break times, and day end.

These are our top working from home tips, what are yours? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

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