In light of recent developments around the current pandemic a lot of people across the UK are finding themselves working from home. Even if you are used to working remotely a few days a week, nothing could have prepared you for the self-isolating measures that are being put in place indefinitely. While for some these measures may sound like a dream, there are others who will likely get cabin fever.
While none of us here at ShapeIT have ever experienced something of this magnitude we have always worked from home at least one day a week. So, we’ve decided to give you our top tips about how to keep productivity levels to a maximum, as well as how to stay sane by keeping both your body and mind healthy.
Our list of “Do’s”
Keep in touch
Working with your colleagues means constant social contact, something which doesn’t really exist when self-isolating. A close second is obviously keeping in touch virtually. Make sure you replace your face-to-face interactions with video calls and group and individual chats. This way you’ll be able to still share ideas and just have a bit of a laugh together.
Get some fresh air
Swap your wanders into town on your lunch break for lunch from your garden/balcony, or take a stroll through the nearest park before or after work. Even if it’s just opening a window to let some fresh air in it will definitely give you a boost.
Listen to your music
Do you usually listen to music in the office? Well now is your chance to treat yourself to some sweet tunes, to finally get an only say about what’s coming out of the speakers. Maybe you can finally swap those 90s R’n’B tunes that were played on a loop in the office for 80’s power metal. You do you because it’s proven* that listening to music while tapping away at your laptop helps morale.This is your chance to curate your perfect playlist, seize it!
*Based on a sample of ShapeIT Recruitment team members that 100% agree
Get some exercise
Your lunch time gym session may have been curtailed for now but that’s no reason to give up on exercise completely. You can do some yoga, go for a quick jog, or even follow a home exercise video on YouTube. A lot of us will no longer be walking to meeting rooms or popping into town at lunch so use this time to invigorate your mind and your body.
Always take your lunch break
Working from home can easily mean you forego your lunch break but we recommend you don’t. Just because you no longer have colleagues to have lunch with doesn’t mean you should sit in front of the laptop for 8 hours straight. Take your full lunch break allowance away from your desk and computer. This will give you the chance to refocus and improve your efficiency for the rest of the day.
Set up a nice workstation
It may be tempting to just plop yourself anywhere, but we recommend setting up a nice workstation. Even if you don’t have a separate office/study you should designate an area of the house, be it the dining room table or the conservatory as your workspace. This will put you in the right mindset. Give working from your bed a miss and see how your productivity peaks.
Our list of “Don’ts”
Leave the TV on in the background
Listening to music may be beneficial for the soul, but putting a Netflix series on in the “background” is a sure fire way to distract yourself. Leave the binging as a treat for after work, as something to look forward to, and instead keep the TV off or change the channel onto one that plays music.
Work from bed
Sure it can sound appealing, but as we've already said before, working from your bed can take a massive hit on your productivity. It may be tempting to set yourself up between comfy cushions and duvets, but your bed should be reserved for sleeping. You don’t associate your bedroom with productivity so get yourself out of there in the mornings and into your designate workspace.
Wear pyjamas all day
We know, we know, pyjamas are the comfiest things in the world, but try changing from them every morning. No one is saying you have to wear stuffy office attire; casual day wear will do the trick. Leaving your PJs for the end of the day will get you into work mode.
Get caught up in housework
Working from home means that you can easily stay on top of your housework. It’s definitely a perk! However, it can be far too easy to get distracted by your chores so why not set times throughout the day to complete them. Instead of getting caught up in doing laundry when deadlines are looming, put aside some time every day and stick to it.