Working From Home Tips for Anyone Who’s Not Used to Working From Home

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As the coronavirus outbreak worsens and the virus spreads, working from home has become the new reality for many people across the globe.

While of course, you’re in an extremely privileged position if you are able to work from home in the first place, it can still feel daunting and overwhelming, especially for those who aren’t used to working remotely or are juggling work with looking after the kids. Not to mention the difficulty in getting into “work-mode” from the comfort of your sofa.

Well, no need to panic just yet as we’ve created a list of essential tips for those who are working from home. So, keep scrolling to have all your working from home prayers answered…

Some of us have been lucky enough to be able to bring our work home. In another bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have been instructing their staff to work remotely, rather than come into the office.

The virus, which has so far infected over 200,000 people all over the world, and is spread primarily through physical contact with others. So, social distancing kind of makes sense, right?

Given the fact that you won’t be heading into the office, there can be a huge temptation to sit on the sofa in your PJs, computer on your lap with the TV on for “background noise” (which you’re definitely looking at more than your laptop screen).

With schools across the globe closing, some parents are having to entertain their kids while working remotely. No, thank you.

And leaves many of us questioning how the heck we can be just as productive at home as we would be in the office.

As we’ve collected together the essential tips that everyone who is currently working from home needs to hear. So, keep scrolling for every tip and trick you can utilize to make working at home that bit easier.

It might sound obvious but sitting in your PJs isn’t going to make you all that productive. We’re not saying go overboard, but put some clothes on that aren’t your PJs.

While it may be tempting (and comfy), you don’t want your brain to associate somewhere you relax to somewhere you work, not to mention it’s also pretty bad for your back

These are the people you are used to spending a lot of your time with, therefore, working from home can quickly begin to feel pretty lonely. Keep in regular contact either through online video call meetings or group chats even if it’s just for five to ten minutes each day.

Those who are practicing social distancing can still go out for a walk or even simply go in the garden to break up the day. Fresh air is hugely vital, especially since so many of us are cooped up inside.

Exercise is proven to improve your mental health – releasing the “happy hormones” we all need at this time. So, while self-isolating can be testing on our mental health, penciling in a quick ten minute home workout (you can easily find them on YouTube) can make a huge difference to our mood, hence making us more motivated and productive while we’re working.

It’s important to take breaks and get up from your seat every twenty minutes or so.

As much as it’s easy to get distracted while not at the office, try and wake up at the same time you usually would and eat at the same time etc. This will make it feel much more like an actual working day.

Writing down clear goals of what you want to accomplish throughout the day is an effective way to add structure and of course, get all those boxes ticked off!

You’re way more like to stay hydrated this way.

If you’re looking for something to do while you take a break from work, getting a bit of spring cleaning done allows you to rest your eyes from the screen while still being productive. Plus, who wants to work in a messy environment?

This is a great way to remind you of meeting times.

Obviously, not everyone has these, but if you do or you can order them online, they are really good at ensuring your eyes don’t strain while staring at a computer screen all day.

In-built computer mics aren’t that reliable and can drop off easily. Using a headset means you can hear the other person much more clearly.

Once again, it sounds basic, but it’s easy to forget.

This will minimize background noise – making everyone’s life that bit easier.

It’s best to have a designated area, preferably a desk of some kind, where you go to work each day. That way, when you sit down there, you’ll be in work-mode. Oh, this can’t be the couch or your bed… sorry.

For many of us, we share our home with other people or even kids, so it’s important to set clear boundaries. So, for example, the kids need rules about what they can and cannot do during the time you’re working.

Don’t be afraid to contact your boss with any worries or concerns.  

Everyone has off days, everyone’s attention drifts… and that’s totally fine. Just remember that everyone is in the same boat here.