Are You Now Working From Home?
Due to Covid-19, there is now an increase in the number of people having to work from home. Do you fall into this category? How have you found it? Are you worried that you may not be as productive as you are compared to working in the office or on the road?
To try and make you feel better, I can tell you that you are not alone. I have been working from home since the middle of March 2020. At first, I found it difficult juggling working and parenting until one day I woke up and decided to write down what I felt I needed or needed to do in order to help me balance my work time and home life, and to also help me become more productive during my work time.
Why am I sharing this information with you? I don’t think any of us know whats going to happen over the coming months or even years. Could home working become the norm? Maybe for some people. Might some companies deciede that they can save money by decreasing their office space and have employees working from home? Only time will tell.
But in the mean time I have listed below what has helped me become more productive will working from home:
1 – Mark out a permanent work space
This was my top priority. Originally my mind went on overdrive and I planned out an office build in the back of my garage where I could disappear to work. But in reality, it would be hard to arrange getting people round to complete the work during lockdown. I may come back to this at a later stage. So in the meantime Ive set up space on the kitchen table. To be fair, all I need is a laptop and a notebook for taking notes and jotting ideas. This works fine for me.
Try and find an area that works best for you. It could be a spare bedroom, or a spare room you have in your house. You might be lucky to have a summer house in the garden that you could set up as a temporary office.
2 – Invest In Comfortable Office Furniture
This may be difficult during the lockdown period and for me I’m just using a dining room chair. But if this becomes a long term thing, decent office furniture will be a must to kit out my new office. I’m no expert in what becomes decent and comfortable office furniture so Ill leave that to experts. Herts Air Conditioning have brought their office furniture from The School People previously. Give them a call and let them know you was referred by Herts Air Conditioning.
Another good point when I discussed this with someone I know. It may be worth looking into a gaming chair instead of an office chair. Some gamers play for 10-12 hours a day so they need the best quality chairs available. If they can play video games for that period of time, I’m sure it will help me work for long periods of time.
What ever you decide, just remember you may be working in this space every day so you need to be comfortable.
3 – Set Working Hours
So you have your office space set out. Its now time to get down to business. So the next thing is to set working hours.
Working from home will give you a bit more flexibility in setting working hours but try to keep to what you set. If your a morning person, get up early and get a couple of hours in before the kids wake up. If you prefer a lie in then start late morning and finish bits off in the evening when the kids are in bed.
But its important to get yourself into a routine. This way you will find that the work you need to do, actually gets completed.
4 – Don’t Let Work Affect Your Home Life
The opposite of working during your set working hours. This is all about not working during your non working hours.
With today’s modern technology (and I can be guilty of this), its so easy to be relaxing in the evening but still find yourself responding to emails, planning social media posts etc. If this is you STOP! When your working hours have finished, log out of that laptop and essentially close that office door.
5 – Discover Your Productive Times
When you set your working hours you would have taken into consideration if you’re a morning person or not.
As already mentioned if you’re a early riser, try and get the majority of bits done before others in your house wake up. If not, priortise moments when your potentially alone in the house to get your important tasks completed.
6 – Daily To-Do Lists
Plan your days out with to-do lists. You could also incorporate weekly to do lists. I’m writing this blog a few days early so I can incorporate it into my weekly schedule of social media posts.
Every morning, check what needs to be done and write your tasks down. This way you wont forget anything.
7 – Make Use Of A Planner or Your Calendar
Not so much during lockdown but going forward if you’re working from home some days and on the road others, mark these days down. Don’t double book potential meetings because you forgot when your on the road and working from home.
8 – Get Dressed
Its very tempting if you don’t see anyone to work in your bed wear. Why, you may ask?
“Dress for Success” isn’t just a corporate catchphrase. Psychologically it gets you in the right mindset for work and you’re already ready if you receive a last minute video call.
9 – Don’t Work in the Living Room
Peoples living rooms are full of distracting things that will take your mind away from work. Some may think a day working from home involves answering a few emails and then binge watching a series on Netflix. It may be fine to take a break in the living room (remembering your working hours and non-working time). but when working, stay away from the living room.
10 – Develop a Morning Routine
Like when you went off to the office. You would have followed a routine. It may have been wake up, get dressed, breakfast, leave the house. That’s fine, and even though you’re now working from home you can still stick to a routine. Your new routine may follow the same pattern, apart from leaving the house. There’s nothing wrong with that. But set your routine and stick to it.
11 – Exercise and Stretch Regularly
Exercise naturally boosts endorphins which increase happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are so important in keeping you productive. Regular stretching helps you maintain great posture which will help you avoid back ache in the long term.
I highly recommend taking a regular walk. It could be to make yourself a hot drink, but make sure you stretch. Its also important to take some time out to go for a walk. Make the most of the natural beauty outside and get some fresh air during the day.
12 – Eat Healthy
Working from home can sometimes lead to grabbing an unhealthy snack from the cupboard. We need to try and move away from this.
Research has shown that eating fruit and veg has a direct link on overall productivity levels. In the long run, eating healthy will have much more health benefits compared to eating junk.
There’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a sweet snack on a Friday to end a productive week.
13 – Take Short Breaks
As mentioned above, ensure you take short breaks. It could be a 10 minute break to make yourself a hot drink, have a stretch or go for a 20 minute walk.
Research has show that taking regular short breaks is more productive than you sat in front of your workspace all day.
14 – Stay Away From Social Media
This was arguably the biggest change I needed to make and I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this in the past. But minimising mindless use of social media helps to avoid distractions, so you can focus on getting more done.
If your role involves the use of Social Media, stick times into your working schedule to get this work done. Don’t sit watching endless notifications come through distracting you from your work.
15 – Listen to Music or a Podcast
Depending on the nature of your work, it may help to turn on some background music. With so many ways to access music these days. You could play music from your phone library, you may have Alexa or just stick the radio on. Podcasts can also be a great tool to use to stay productive. If you need to use earphones, go ahead.
16 – Use Video Chat
One of the hardest things I’ve found during lockdown, both for work and personal life, is not seeing anyone. For that reason alone, make more video calls. You can use Facetime, WhatsApp, you can organise meetings via Zoom. Just seeing someone will make you so much better.
Depending on what you do, you may be able to incorporate video calls into your working diary. For me, I couldn’t visit potential customers to complete a survey. But I can now complete the majority of surveys via video call so I can then price up an air conditioning installation. Try it, you’ll be amazed how easy it is.
17 – Check In With Co-Workers
So youve now mastered how to use video calls. First thing to do, check up on co-workers. This is a new experience for so many people. By taking 5 minutes from your day, you could help others who may not be feeling well. You may even be able to give them some advice on setting up for home working.
18 – Cyber Security
Just because your not in the office doesn’t mean your wont be a target for cyber hackers etc. I’m no expert on cyber security, I leave that to me PC Resolve who deal with all my security and technology needs
19 – Invest In Air Conditioning
This all brings me to the last and most important point. When you work in the office, your’e normally walking into a temperature controlled setting with the temperature set to ensure workers are productive and comfortable. You can still have this at home
By calling Herts Air Conditioning we can install a air conditioning system which will ensure you’re working within a comfortable environment, a temperature controlled environment that helps protect your office equipment, an environment that controls the humidity levels in your working space.
To make the most of your office space, call us today so we can go through system options with you.
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