A significant number of people dream about working from home, although it is fair to present circumstances are not how people imagined how it would happen. If you find yourself working from home, the process may be strange and new for you. If you are looking for remote working tips for your home, we are more than happy to help.
You should look to replicate your standard workstation or area as best as you can. This may not be possible or feasible. However, if you can make changes, maintaining consistency at home will help you be productive.
You should get dressed
You don’t need to dress as you would typically for work unless there is a requirement to do so. However, it is beneficial to get out of your pyjamas, get washed and freshen up for the day. You might think working from home in your most comfortable clothes all day is “living the dream”, but this is a bad idea.
It may hamper your productivity, and it will make it harder to fall asleep at night. Getting dressed and ready for work will help you enter a more productive mind frame.
Create a space that is specific for work
Depending on how much spare room or space you have at home, this may be easier said than done. However, by creating an area for work, you will differentiate between home-life and work-life much more easily.
If you have a busy home, setting up an area where you can work, and not be disturbed, is of benefit. You may find that children and pets don’t necessarily respect these boundaries, but adults and older children will hopefully provide you with peace to work when you are in this area.
Having a specified workspace is also helpful in switching off at the end of the day. When you step out of the work zone, you can relax and focus on other matters.
Do you have the equipment you need to work?
While each person is different, if you have a desk-based job, there will be some equipment you need alongside your laptop, PC or tablet. Therefore, you will probably require:
- A comfortable chair
- A desk with enough space for your needs and which is at a suitable height to work
- A broadband connection which allows you to work and communicate
- Software to communicate with clients and colleagues
Some people find noise-cancelling headphones to be helpful, but this may depend on your home, your budget, and what work you are carrying out.
Make sure you take breaks
It is helpful to take breaks from work. If you want to catch up with colleagues, arrange a time where you can have a coffee and catch up. If you want to take a break with people inside your home, schedule it, as this will give you something to look forward to.
We appreciate this is a challenging time, but at Williams of Petersfield, we are here to assist you as best we can. If you are looking for any guidance or advice from a local agent, please get in touch with us today.