It seems we are all in the same boat right now, housebound with no way of knowing exactly how long this is going to go on for! I’m a person who can get easily distracted and so to ensure I am my most productive…or at least try to be my most productive here are my top tips….
1. I would say most importantly to not try and work in a bedroom or in the living room. It may be nice and comfortable but these are also places of huge distraction! Sitting on my bed or in the living room it can just be too easy to put on Netflix or put on comedy central to watch Friends. I also wouldn’t want my bedroom to become a place of ‘work’ either as I like my room to be cosy and relaxing. I do my work in the kitchen as it is a nice open space and once I finish a working day I can just switch off and relax in the other parts of the house, it may sound stupid but it works for me!
2. Take regular breaks!! I try and take short breaks if not every 30 minutes then definitely every hour. Not only does this help the strain on your eyes, it means once we come back from a break we will have a surge of energy or productivity, most of the time anyway! Even if it is just to have a chat with my mum or go make some food or just get up out of my chair and walk around for a minute, it definetely helps to pass the time.
3. This sounds like common sense but it is really effective – to get dressed! If I was to sit in my pyjamas all day long I know for a fact I would not be in work mode at all and probably would get the bare minimum done. I’m not saying to get dressed smart like you would as if you were actually going into the office but even some comfy clothes like leggings and a hoodie can make me feel like I am more ready for the day ahead.
4. Exercise! You don’t have to go to the gym to burn some calories. I always use YouTube videos – Lucy Wyndham-Read and The Body Coach are my faves to do some quick 5 or 7 minute workouts. It won’t take too much time out of your day and it means you have some physical activity to break up staring at a computer screen all day long.
5. Making google docs or communicating via platforms such as Trello and Microsoft Teams with your colleages can be a really effective way of getting sh*t done when you’re unable to run everything by each other in person. This is also a good way to make yourself a to do list for the day by seeing what tasks you have that are to be completed or to be started on. This is helpful not only for yourself but also for your colleagues so they know what is currently being worked on.
I would say most of all make sure you try get out the house, even if it is just for a short walk to the shop. It’s good to get some fresh air and is another way to get you out of the kitchen chair.
What are your top tips for working from home?