Working from home has become less a privilege afforded to the few and more something that many people have adjusted to and is likely to become part of the “new normal” with many businesses exploring hybrid ways of working for the post-pandemic world.
With this in mind, we thought we’d share a few tips to help you strike a better work-life balance.
Stick to a routine
Prepare for the day in the same way whether you’re working from home or going into the office; have your coffee, get a shower and get dressed.
Create a workspace
Even though it may be tempting to work from your bed or the couch, it isn’t practical and won’t enable you to work to your full potential. Having a dedicated working area with a table and chair is a great starting point, it will help you feel like you’re in an office environment and has the added benefit of being better for your posture.
Plan in advance
It can be easy to lose track of what you are working on and jump between different tasks. Planning your day in advance will help you focus on your priorities and actions. It also allows you to update your co-workers on exactly what you are working on and find time to support them if needed.
If you work in a team, it is ideal to maintain regular check-ins with your co-workers, when working from home we need to do as much as we can to help each other out. This is a great way to stay connected with colleagues on a personal and professional level. Tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype are great for maintaining face to face contact also.
Take regular breaks
Working in an office or working from home, you should always take regular breaks away from your desk to stretch and keep your mind fresh.
Get some fresh air!
Fresh air is a great way to remain well and healthy. Use your lunch break or time after work to get your exercise in, this is great for your mental health and fitness purposes.
Turn your personal phone off
When working from home we encounter so many distractions, mainly from our mobile phones. Reduce the number of times you use your phone a day and focus on your tasks ahead.
The last and most important tip for working from home, Look after yourself! With everything going on in the world it’s easy to focus on all the negatives rather than the positives. Make sure you exercise, get fresh air and stay connected with your loved ones. If you are feeling low reach out, speak to your colleagues and let them know how you feel.
We hope this blog helps when planning your day-to-day tasks and also with finding the right work-life balance.