Covid-19 has shaken everything up as we know it, especially the economy and how businesses have had to operate during such uncertain times. There’s been a huge number of workers who have pivoted to working at home – to some, this is something they’ve done before but it’s a completely new and unfamiliar terrain for many employees.
Working from home can take some time to get accustomed to and it can be a steep learning curve for those that like their work distraction-free and away from kids, dogs and partners! But it looks like more home-working is here to stay, with an increase in flexible working schedules and times. With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at how you can manage working from home as effectively as possible.
Structure your Day
Try to divide your day up into manageable chunks – relentlessly working without breaks can actually end up having a negative impact on your productivity and output over time. Taking time out to go for a walk, have a coffee or just relax in between work slots can help you to refocus.
Work out what times of the day you work most efficiently. If it’s in the morning then aim to get as much work done as possible in the times when you have the most energy and drive. Perhaps you’re a night owl, buckle down and get work done in the evenings. One of the best parts of working from home is that depending on your job, you tend to have more flexibility with when you work and can fit it around any other responsibilities you might have such as childcare, pets, family commitments or anything else.
There can be a temptation to try and do the things you like at home whilst you’re working but this can be incredibly distracting. For example, if you know that you can’t concentrate when the tv or radio is on then don’t do it. Likewise with working around other people or working in particular rooms that are noisy. Sometimes people like to have the distractions there, so that they don’t have to fully concentrate, but in the long-run you’ll thank yourself for removing any outside influence!
Create Good Conditions
Working from home doesn’t have to be as formal or restricted as it can feel working in an office, but it’s important to try and create the conditions for good working practices. Everyone usually quips about the fact you can work in pyjamas whenever you like, but dressing smartly can make you feel more professional and encourage you to focus more than if you’re too casual. Set up a quiet work station, away from others so you can work without distraction.
Our best recommendation would be one of our garden rooms, of course! They can make the ideal home office for people working from home. Relaxed, comfortable and close to nature, a garden room is perfect for anyone in your household that needs time to dedicate to projects and work, especially in such challenging times.
For more info and advice, contact our team today.