I’ve been working from home for 16 months now launching and running Green Outlook and I still haven’t nailed the perfect working day but I definitely have some lessons to share.
With the changing environment around Coronavirus (Covid-19), many businesses are implementing work from home procedures. No one knows how long this will last but what’s certain is that we don’t want to look back on this as wasted time. Here’s some tips if you’ve to work from home during this isolation period. If you get the work done then you can enjoy the extra down time after.
- Plan your day the night before – As best as possible write a quick to do list.
- Get into a good habit from the start – Set your alarm and get out of bed at a designated time.
- Get showered and dressed.
- Assign yourself a home working space and schedule your hours.
- Eat the Frog – It means do the thing you don’t want to do or the hardest task first. You don’t want to be sitting at your laptop at 7pm having to get something urgent done.
- Work in chunks 50 mins on 10 mins off or whatever time works for you.
- Schedule in a lunch break and stick to it.
- Stay consistent with your food.
- Drink water.
- Get some fresh air – Go for a walk either in the AM or at lunch.
- Explain your needs to your housemates – If you need to be left alone in quiet to work then let them know.
- Talk to someone – it can be lonely working from home especially if you’re home alone. Ring a colleague, friend or family member for a chat mid day.
- There are many benefits to working from home and you can definitely embrace them too -Take the time to catch up on housework between tasks, wear comfy clothes and go without makeup to name a few.
- Don’t stay on your phone in bed in the morning.
- Don’t open the fridge door every 5 minutes, it’s bad for the environment 😉
- Don’t stay up late, you’ll get into a bad habit.
- Don’t eat toast for every meal – I had a terrible habit of waiting until 4pm to have lunch then being too hungry to cook and just having toast. Don’t do it!
- Don’t spend too much time on social media/reading the news.
We don’t know how long this will last so best to set some good habits from the start. Take it easy on yourself, if you’re feeling particularly stressed one day then take a break with a promise to get back into the next day.