Many of us are adapting to working from home for the first time right now, in response to Government directives on social distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19 and this fundamental change in where and how we work brings with it some challenges.
Today I’d like to share with you some simple things that you can do to help get the most out of your home working experience.
1. Set the scene
Try to create a space to work in that is distraction free and comfortable. Things to avoid here are, working from your bed and avoid having the TV on.
2. Get ready for the day
Start your day as you would normally, get washed and dressed, make your morning cup of coffee and whatever else you need to get in the right mindset.
3. Set a schedule
Plan out your daily schedule, establish your start time, lunch and break periods and what time you’ll clock-off for the day.
Creating a to-do-list and planning out your day will help greatly with managing your work too.
When you’re done for the day, log-off and try to avoid the temptation to keep checking your emails, etc. once your workday is done. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is more important than ever but can be difficult when the means to do work is constantly available.
4. Set boundaries
One of the most important aspects of a healthy work-from-home routine is creating boundaries.
Avoid reminders of household chores, like the washing up or laundry and deal with those outside of the hours you’ve set aside for work.
Try, where you can, to avoid working around family members who might forget that you’re trying to get work done and engage you with daily matters.
5. Stay in touch
Communication with your colleagues is a vital part of working from home. Team messaging applications, such as Microsoft’s Teams, are great for giving you the ability to easily confer and collaborate with colleagues when working from home. Just because you may be working alone, it does not mean you can’t still work as a team.
I hope that you found these tips useful and if you would like any help getting set up for home working give Supreme Systems a call on 0121 309 0126 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll be happy to help.
About the author: Julian Brettle has over 20 years of experience as a technical salesperson for IT MSPs and likes nothing more than a cup of coffee and a chat about how to cure your IT headaches. Follow him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianbrettle/
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