In the surreal atmosphere of the last few weeks, many people have suddenly found themselves working from home, something that they may never have had to do before. And despite the fact that, in theory, the idea of working in your pyjamas with the television nearby sounds idyllic, the reality is that it is so much harder to concentrate, much easier to be distracted, and can also feel like you are isolated.
If you are working at home, there are some things that you can do to make it easier.
Set Up An Office Space
Working from your armchair in front of the TV is not conducive to productivity. Even if you don’t have a home office, you need to find yourself somewhere quiet, away from the television and distractions. This may just be the kitchen or dining room table where you can set up your laptop and any other equipment and paperwork.
As this is going to be longer term for many people it may be worth investing in a few staples that may make it easier to organise and work from home. Teacherboards have a great selection of wipe clean white boards which could be really useful for planning and getting ideas and brainstorming, they are UK manufacturers so can still get these delivered right to your door if you are trying to organise your home work space. The great thing about the whiteboards are that they will also double up if you are home schooling too.
Try to have a working day
This means stopping for breaks, making sure you eat lunch and take toilet stops and comfort breaks. It is very easy to try to skip food, or wait until you are desperate for the toilet before you go. One word. Don’t!
You will not be productive if you are hungry, there is no need to skip meals. This is the point where you can put the TV on and have a hour out.
Keep in Contact
Working from home doesn’t have to mean working alone, Skype, Twitter and WhatsApp all allow you the option of chatting to colleagues in the same position, asking a general question, or for ideas and advice, and generally still feeling like part of a team, even if you are now in different buildings so to speak.
You can isolate, without feeling isolated.
Have you ever had to work from home before, or do you do this regularly? What tips and advice would you give to people new to working from home?