The pandemic has changed many things in our lives, with one of the main things being the way we now work.
Working at home is no longer just an occasional luxury, but it looks like it will be here to stay for a good while. Will working from home be the new normal?
If you’re new to working from home, here are a few tips to help keep you motivated.
Get Some Fresh Air
Although there are still restrictions in place, you are allowed to exercise outdoors. Now that you are working from home, why not use the commute time to have a walk or a run? Not only will this keep your routine consistent, but it will also benefit your mental and physical wellbeing. If you do this, make sure to leave your house and arrive back home to start working at the usual time.
Make a Plan and Stick to it
Having a routine is very important, especially if you are stuck in one space for a long period of time. If you get your morning routine planned out, it will have a significant impact on how you work and feel throughout the day.
When you plan out the tasks throughout the day, make sure you prioritise the more difficult tasks at times when you’re performing at your best. You may also wish to set smaller targets throughout the day so that you’re constantly achieving things and ticking items off the list.
Make the Most out of your Comfortable Space
You’ll be working in the comfort of your own home each day, so you would want to make the most out of this. You won’t have any colleagues to distract you and you can enjoy your favourite music in the background while you work.
Instead of going out for lunch or ordering food in for lunch, you could opt for a quick salad or a sandwich.
Since you’re at home and presumably have a kitchen, it’s a good time to save money and eat more healthily by making quick salads and sandwiches instead of going out for lunch.
Take your Mind off Social Media
One of the biggest distractions when working from home is social media. We know how addicting scrolling through your social media feeds can be, especially during the current times with constant updates about the pandemic and checking in with family and friends.
While social media is important for keeping us connected, it can be overwhelming and distracting for some. During your work hours, you may want to turn off social media notifications so that you can focus on the task at hand. It’s easy to be tempted to have a quick look at one notification, but that often leads to scrolling through more of your news feed. If needed, you may want to consider leaving your phone in a different room so that you don’t get tempted by any distractions.
Give yourself some boundaries if you find that social media is getting in the way of your work. These apps have been designed to be easy and convenient to use so that you can get quick access to the latest news. However, this can sometimes affect your productivity.
When you are working at home, it’s good to take breaks so you don’t lose track of time and also to give your eyes a break from the computer screen. For those who are self-employed, make sure to give yourself adequate time during the way to take a break and walk away from the computer. For those who are employed, make sure to know the company’s policy on break times and take them where appropriate. It’s very important to take breaks to help avoid burning out and boosting your productivity.
It can be difficult to find separation between your home and your work-life, especially when you are working from home for a long period of time. Having a space in your home where you can work effectively is great, but be sure to finish at your usual time so that you can switch off at the end of the working day.
If you’re working past your usual time, then you may want to set an alarm 10 minutes before the end of the day to remind you that you need to wrap things up for the day.
About Stuart Mosley
Stuart Mosley (CeFA, CeMap, CLTM) founded SJ Financial Solutions in June 2005 having spent 12 years with big corporates such as Halifax and Santander. He felt the personal touch and straight speaking was missing from financial and mortgage advice services and set up SJ Financial Solutions to change this.
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