5 Practical considerations for those who are not used to working from home.
1. Get Dressed:
You might be thinking that staying in your PJ's all day is one of the positive aspects from working at home. But washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, but it will also psychologically prepare you to start work.
Dress as you would normally for work, don't get caught out on those video calls!
2. Establish Boundaries:
Be ready to start your day and finish the day at the same time as you would normally. If you are sharing your home, try and find a space where you are less likely to be disturbed.
3: Get out and about: (if you're not self-isolating)
Make sure you get out into the fresh air at least once during the day. Go for a walk around the block, clear your head. It might just help with giving you a new perspective on that task you are struggling with. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES.
4. Pick up the phone:
Working home alone can quickly become very isolating. At work, you are with your colleagues and have the hustle and bustle of the office. You will need that social interaction so pick up the phone and have a real conversation. Don't just rely on email.
5. Take regular breaks:
Don't stay glued to your screen all day. It's important to take regular screen breaks and get up from your desk and move around just as you would your office. Stand up, stretch and move around. If you don't take a break your productivity levels drop, you become tired and less motivated. Research has found that short breaks throughout the day are more beneficial than less frequent, longer breaks. You might like to try the Pomodoro Technique, a method of time management which breaks your working day into 25 minute chunks. Each chunk is followed by a five-minute break.
Have some water and keep hydrated.
Setting Up Your Workstation At Home.
Consider good posture at all times. Good posture = Good health.
Avoid slumping down on the sofa or curling up in a comfy chair. If you have an office type chair, use it. If not a dining or kitchen style chair with a cushion for the small of your back.
It might be called a laptop but place it on a solid surface and if possible have it raised so that you are not hunched over it.
Don't work in the dark. Work in an area that is well lit but avoid direct light onto your screen.
If you have a mouse and a full-sized keyboard at home connect it to your laptop. This will enable you to raise your laptop further, eg: on a stack of books so that you can have the screen so you can look at it directly.
If you have not adopted the Pomodoro Technique of taking a break every 25 minutes make sure you take your eyes off the screen for 20 seconds or so to avoid straining them.
Stand up, stretch and move around.
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