As we are all finding out, working from home brings advantages and challenges.
No commute and more time with the family are great – but distractions everywhere (from the kids to TV) and easy access to the fridge are definite downsides.
So what can you do to ensure you are keeping focused and working as efficiently as possible at a time when it really could mean the difference to your business.
1. Plan where you will work
Find somewhere where you can concentrate and work without being disturbed. Somewhere away from distractions and where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you have everything you need at hand and you don’t need to keep leaving your workspace to get things.
2. Dress for the day
You don’t have to wear a suit – just don’t spend all day in your PJs. Without a commute to get you ready for the day something as simple as a shower and change of clothes can help get you ready to start.
3. Plan your day
More than ever knowing what you need to achieve in a day and then achieving it are key. Set goals, use ‘to do’ lists and ensure you meet the goals you’ve set. This will also help you switch off at the end of the day as you will know you have achieved what you needed to and what needs to be done the following day.
4. Stay off social media
It’s so easy to get sucked in to a conversation or thread. So avoid temptation. Don’t be tempted to have a quick look at Facebook or Twitter – they’ll suck hours of your time (and depress you with lockdown conspiracy theories).
5. Use technology designed to help you
Working from home has never been easier with work management resources, virtual meeting software and file sharing services all designed to smooth the process. Work out which ones will make your day easier and use them. We’ve highlighted a few of these in our guide to staying connected here.
6. Have regular breaks
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can’t have breaks – a coffee with a family member, lunch in the garden or 5 minutes out to relax. Just treat them as you would at work and don’t let them get in the way of finishing what you need to
7. Exercise during the day
Set some time aside (maybe at lunchtime to exercise) – exercise has been proved to reduce stress and help us think. You can see our guide to exercising during the lockdown here.
8. Know when to stop
Set yourself a finish time and stick to it. Just as it is easy to allow chores or distractions in the home to affect your productivity it is just as easy to continue working into the evening and not give yourself enough recover time.