People all around the world are being asked to work from home due to coronavirus. For many, this is a big change. Some never work from home whilst others do frequently. But to do so for an indefinite period of time… now that is quite different. Nevertheless, here are some tips to help optimise work productivity and break up your day in order to look after your health at the same time.
5 Tips For Working From Home
#1 – Schedule Your Day
The day before or in the morning just before you start working decide how you’re going to schedule your day. Are you going to use the extra commute time to squeeze in a run or a home workout before work? Make sure that if you’re going to take breaks during the day you take into account when you have meetings and if you need to do any sort of preparation for these meetings.
#2 – Break Up Your Day With Movement
Breaking up your day with movement is a good way to give yourself short breaks from work. I like to do this with movement whether that’s a short walk at lunchtime, doing some squats or push ups every hour or going down to make myself a drink. Do some stretching, go up and down the stairs, walk the dog, just try and do some movement because we know it’s not good to stay still in a fixed position for a prolonged period of time.
Even better if you can get out during the day to be out in nature and do some exercise since we’re even less likely to get out and be active when we’re working from home.
#3 – Have Some Social Interactions
Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t be social. You can have social interactions on social media, by calling other people or have some general chit-chat before meetings just to see how everyone is getting on. Social interactions are important for mental and emotional health so try not to neglect them.
#4 – Interact With Those Around You
You’re most likely living with people and interaction between those in the same household is pretty much unavoidable. Since it’s unavoidable you may as well interact with them. Perhaps the only exception to this may be the elderly since you certainly don’t want to put them at risk of catching a coronavirus, especially whilst concerns about the virus are growing and it continues to spread at an exponential rate.
#5 – Create A Work Environment
Whether you’re working from home or at work, ultimately the point of your job is to work and carry out the tasks set for you to complete. In order to optimise your work productivity, you want to try and create an environment dedicated to working.
Ideally, you’ll have a study or separate room to work but for many people, this isn’t the case. Try and set yourself up so that you can work on your laptop with your laptop and yourself seated at an appropriate height so you don’t need to strain your back or neck to look at the screen or to type.
Try to prevent yourself from getting distracted by other digital devices such as mobile phones and tablets. One good way to do this is to just set aside your phone and other electronic devices in another room where they are out of sight or to put them on silent.
In terms of setting yourself up comfortably to work from home, make sure you aren’t putting any unnecessary physical stress on your body from how you’re sitting. If all you’ve got is a laptop to work from, you could benefit from some other peripherals which are likely to make your experience working from home more comfortable such as:
- Wireless mouse
- Wireless keyboard
- PC Monitor
- HDMI cable
These peripherals will make your experience working from home a lot easier and are worth investing in if you’re going to be working from home for a long period of time.
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