If we’ve learnt anything during this global pandemic it is that there is no right or wrong way of managing our day to day lives in this new normal. We are all learning from each other along the way. If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, you might be wishing that you were back at your office, but it is safe to say you need to get comfortable! Just because you can work from home doesn’t mean you know how to work from home, though, so where to start? This might be for a few weeks or even months so best you get yourself sorted with a designated work area and routine.
Firstly, decide where you are going to work from. If you are lucky enough to have a designated room or home office that is amazing. If it is your dining table, consider minimizing any interruptions and ways to make it your work hub. If there is a nook in another room or part of your house that you can take advantage of, do it! Conquer that space and make it your own. Start with a suitable desk, table or work surface and a comfortable chair. Avoid sitting on the couch with your laptop or working in bed as this can be counterproductive. Make the space personal and unique by adding a photo, a pot plant or a décor item that you love.
Try and set boundaries with other people who will be in your space. Stick to a routine to keep you productive and motivated. Take breaks – a walk around the garden or driveway to get some fresh air (even with kids in tow) will be good for the soul. One of the advantages of working from home is flexibility. Sometimes you might need to start earlier (before kids wake up) or extend yourself into the evenings, but always try and maintain a good work-life balance. Setup time for a facetime or phone date with a friend or colleague to make you feel more connected and try to minimize trips to the fridge and kitchen. Have designated times for snacks, meals and breaks. Listen to music you enjoy while you work otherwise it can be too quiet and avoid turning on the TV!
Stay safe and stay at home.