Working from home? Does this fill you with dread?
Are you wondering how best to tackle the day without compromising #productivity and those around you?
I run a 100% #virtual business and have been doing so for 7 years. As a team of #expert #remote #flexible workers I wanted to share our 10 tried & tested top tips for #homeworking. I believe these top tips will help those who are new to remote working or as a gentle reminder of how to stay productive, connected and happy when working from home.
With schools closing today for the foreseeable future applying structure and discipline to your day will provide a sense of well-being and control, in what is a hectic and uncertain time.
Here are some things to think about if you have chosen, or been asked to work from home:
- Have a designated place to work, effectively a ‘workstation’. Don’t just have your laptop on your lap and expect to be productive.
- Maintain a morning routine, do all the things you’d do to prepare if you were going to the office. Set your alarm, have a healthy breakfast, wear smart yet comfortable clothes.
- Get started early. With no work commute you can get started on a project first thing in the morning, this will help make steady progress throughout the day.
- Have the correct internet speed.The speed will largely depend on what kind of work you do. If you frequently download and upload large files, internet speeds of at least 40 Mbps are recommended. Email and basic computer programs: 3-4 Mbps are recommended. Skype group video calls: 10+ Mbps. Large file transfers: 40+ Mbps is recommended. If you are unsure about the speed of your internet you can simply use a broadband test
- Self- discipline is key. If you aren’t used to working from home map out your day, set a smart schedule with clear priorities. Ensure to include regular breaks, a healthy breakfast, lunch and exercise where possible. Feeling like you are on top of your to do list will help you #workhappy and effectively.
- Maintain regular communication with your work peers. There are several tech solutions such as Zoom for videoconferencing, Slack for chat, Google Suit for spreadsheets, simple docs. All these tools can help you stay connected. I encourage video conferencing where possible this will help humanise the conversation. Seeing others will help you engage with your co-workers and stay #productive. It’s not just about work; if you’re missing the office chat, you could set up a dedicated #random chat using Slack or WhatsApp for you and your closest team to catch up. This is a great way to boost your #mentalhealth, refocus and #workhappy.
- Take time out and go for a fast paced walk this helps with readjusting posture, improves concentration and general health.
- Eat properly. It’s easy to get caught up with a project and skip meals or eat snacks. Make sure you have a fridge stocked with healthy choices and productivity boosting foods.
- Set boundaries with your family. Make sure your family know when you are working. Put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door when you are on a call. Equally, set a ‘finish time’ for when you shut your laptop down – and make sure to stick to it.
- Manage your time fairly. Do you have multiple clients, projects? Track your time using a simple time tracking tool such as toggl. Advise your client in advance on how long a piece of work might take. Be realistic and learn from past experience.