COVID-19 has changed the way many of us work, seemingly overnight - The National Office for Statistics reports that in April 2020, 46% of the UK’s population worked from home in some capacity.
For many of us, who are used to travelling to work, having colleagues, and a set workspace, the transition to home working has not been easy, but there are several ways to keep a healthy work-life balance when you work from home.
set up a designated work space
Working from the sofa or working from bed, sounds like an amazing idea. But in reality, it can be an enemy of productivity and also affect your wellbeing and physical health.
The sofa can be the gateway drug to a way too relaxed working day. Once you’re on the sofa, you’re just one step away from turning on the TV or even having a nap.
Setting up a suitable workspace, away from distractions, and with the right equipment, will not only help to keep you focused, but will help to support your wellbeing and physical health.
Plus, you’ll appreciate your end of day sofa time so much more if you haven’t been holed up there all day!
It sounds strange, but the luxury of being able to roll out of bed in your pyjamas, without brushing your hair or having a shower, can get old fast.
Being disciplined and having a structured daily routine can help to improve your focus and put you in a more productive and professional state of mind.
If 3pm rolls around and you still haven’t brushed your teeth, you’re not really winning at life. So, treat every day as if you were actually going to work. Set an alarm, have a shower, have breakfast, and make a punctual start every morning. You’ll feel much better for it.
talk to your colleagues
Working from home can be hugely isolating, so it’s important you keep in touch with your colleagues, both for productivity and wellbeing reasons.
Setting up messaging on Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, or your preferred platform, is a great way for you to check in with colleagues, ask questions, have a nice chat, and keep projects moving forward whilst working remotely.
Make sure you are aware of what is expected of you, set weekly team goals and plans, so you know that everyone is moving in the same direction.
Do you suffer from working from home guilt?
It’s very difficult to sit at a computer non-stop between 9-5, and it’s so easy to drift through the day, putting the washing on, popping to the shops, and losing focus. Then at the end day, your house might look great, but you haven’t achieved much at work.
Making a structured plan for your day with scheduled breaks at regular intervals, can help you to keep focus during your allocated working periods, whilst also giving you permission to get away from the screen.
use the pomodoro method
Speaking of structuring your day…many remote workers embrace the Pomodoro technique, a time management method that helps to drive productivity.
The method involves breaking your time into set periods, so often 25 minutes of work, with a 5-minute break. The idea is that during the 25 minutes, your focus is more intense and you’ll achieve more knowing you’ll be rewarded with a short break at the end of the spell.
If 25 minutes sounds a little short, you can mix it up to create a structure that works for you, perhaps 45 minutes with a fifteen-minute break.
you can do it!
We hope these tips will help you to have a happier, healthier, more productive work from home. For more techtimeout updates and working from home tips, take another minute.