With Coronavirus now declared as pandemic status, an increasing number of employees are working from home if they are able to do so. If you’re not used to working from home, we have a few tips to help you settle in.
Get up, get dressed, get ready
If you sleep in, stumble up to grab your laptop and then take it back to bed, two things are going to happen pretty quickly – your productivity levels are going to dip and you’re going to get a really sore back. Set your alarm, make your bed, have a shower and put on some clean clothes to help set the right mindset for the day ahead.
Prepare your meals the night before
While self-isolating from the threat of an aggressive virus, it’s important that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals. This can be tricky to do when you’re busy working and you’re in danger of relying on your snack supply.
Preparing a healthy breakfast and lunch the night before will save you time, limit distractions when you’re meant to be working and ensure you’re staying well sustained.
Stay hydrated throughout the day
When you haven’t got colleagues offering you a cup of tea all day, you can quickly forget to top up your fluid intake . Get yourself a water bottle and fill it up 2-3 times a day, sipping throughout to keep your mind and body ticking over. Water is vital for cognitive function, concentration and physical health so opt for that over coffee or fizzy drinks.
Keep your hands clean
When you’re dodging germs, the last thing you want to do is pick up more by not keeping your hygiene in check back home. Door handles, light switches and surfaces might not be quite as dirty as in a shared workspace but there’s still plenty of bad bacteria you’re going to want to avoid!
Set up in a dedicated, comfortable space
If you haven’t got a desk or home office, set up a makeshift workspace at the dining table, or whatever surface you have available, instead. Make sure you’ve got everything you need – chargers, notebooks, pens, water, snacks – so that you can sit down and get stuck in without having to wander around looking for things.
The last thing you want to do is end up propped up in bed or on the sofa because that is guaranteed to send your productivity plummeting.
Write yourself an achievable to-do list
The best way to tackle something is to set out a strategy, and to-do lists are one of the most effective ways to make sure you’re focused and motivated. Tick items off as you go so that you can prioritise tasks and assess how you’re getting on as the hours go by.
Stay in touch with colleagues throughout the day
One of the greatest things about technology is that even when you’re in isolation, you’re never actually totally isolated. Phone calls, video calls, instant messaging and video conferencing all mean you can carry on with business as usual even when working remotely.
Don’t turn the TV on, whatever you do
If you don’t switch it on, you can’t get sucked into binging your current favourite series instead of working. It is acceptable though – advisable in fact – to have regular breaks throughout the day. You don’t want to end up in the midst of a Netflix marathon but you also need to get up, move away from your workstation and rejuvenate for a few minutes every hour or so to stay truly productive. Just the same as you would do in the workplace.
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