With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many of us are working from home for the first time. It can be challenging, and it’s important to find strategies to ensure you remain productive and happy.
The public relations team at Adoni Media has some tips on how to ensure you’re working effectively from home– and don’t worry, you can still wear those pyjamas if you want to!
Work your regular hours
Set a schedule and stick to it. Maintain your usual work hours, including your lunch and coffee breaks, and switch off at the end of the day. It can be easy to work overtime or start early, but it’s important to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Try to work towards specific goals to complete each day rather than the time on the clock.
Create a morning and night routine
It’s easy to give up on your exercise regime when working from home. If you usually exercise during your commute to work, seize that time in the morning or afternoon to go for a walk or do a home workout. Creating flexible routines can make your more productive and can help your mental health. Your morning routine may include making a coffee, exercising, getting dressed and doing your makeup. Your night-time routine could be bingeing a few episodes of your favourite TV show, cooking dinner or picking up a book.
Find ways to effectively communicate with your colleagues via programs such as Skype, Zoom and Slack. Miscommunication can be more prevalent working from home, so make sure to clearly communicate with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page and understands their expectations each day. We all know technology can be temperamental so if you’re struggling, be sure to reach out to your team for help and be understanding with yourcolleagues.
Keep a dedicated office space
It’s important to separate your workspace from your bed or couch. Dedicate a space in your house where you sit down to work and leave at the end of the day.
Take sick days
Treat working from home like you would if you were travelling to your job. If you are sick, ask yourself if you would call in sick or go into work on a regular workday. You will be more productive in the long run if you let your body rest when you’reunwell.