Working From Home
Tips for working from home
Find a quiet, comfortable space to work from.
Ideally away from distractions like the family and T.V.
Look after yourself
It’s likely you won’t have ergonomic chairs and desks at home so take frequent breaks. Get up and stretch or go for a quick walk. Try working from different places – standing at your kitchen counter or walking around while taking phones calls for example.
Take a lunch break
Do take a break of at least 30 minutes at lunch to get up and get away from your screen. Try to eat a healthy lunch and maybe get some fresh air. You’ll return refreshed and more productive if you take regular breaks.
Keep to a routine
Get up, get ready and start work much as you would do on a day you’re travelling into the office. If your commute normally involves a walk, consider starting the day with some exercise.
At the end of the day switch off your devices and put them away.
Keep in touch
Keep in touch with your line manager and team remotely by:
- Phone or email – make sure you share your contact number with other members of your team
- Instant messaging – such as Lync or Skype or WhatsApp
- Video Conferencing – where you can meet virtually in large groups of people both internal and external, so you can carry on meeting virtually.
When we are working remotely it is important that we feel in control of our surroundings and tasks, rather than responding reactively.
- Think about when you are most effective – is it in the morning or the afternoon?
- Keep a log of how long things take to do, making a simple list of things you do each day and how long each task takes and note down any interruptions that could happen. Are they often at the same time? Are there any implications for your work planning?
- Think about allocating certain times for specific tasks during your working day/week. This could provide a framework and offer some self -discipline in the absence of your manager.
- Building in regular breaks, particularly away from the computer, will help you work safely and will also provide structure.
Limit social media and distraction time
It’s more tempting than ever to let distractions pull you away from thinking about work. Turn off notifications on your device during work hours. Depending on your job you may be able to choose how you work. If that’s the case set alarms for 40 minutes of concentrated work time then have a short break, catch up on your updates if you feel you need to then set another alarm for 40 minutes and concentrate on work again.