During this season of strict controls over the freedom of many to head into the office, remote working has become the norm for many. What can you do to make sure you achieve the best both for your work and your own welfare?
- Get Dressed
The temptation to roll out of bed, rock up to your workspace and carry on as though no-one can see you sure does sound tempting, but committing to readying yourself for the work day can go a long way to priming your mind to make the switch into work mode.
- Have a Start and End Time
Creating boundaries for work when our homes double up as our workspaces is essential to maintining our wellbeing. Be strict with your time you are working and avoid creep into home time. This is even more important if you have family sharing your home, and particularly important for kids to understand the boundaries.
- Have a Designated Workspace
Whilst this may not be possible for everyone, having a dedicated workspace helps the transition from Home time to Work time. It does help children understand if your at your desk, or at the dining room table with your laptop that you are in work mode.
If you are unable to have a dedicated space, create a routine at the start of the day and the end of the day to transition the space you use into work space. Equally, some simple pointers such as wearing headphones can be a useful pointer to family and children that you’re in the zone.
- Stay Focussed
Being at home creates many potential distractions, whether that’s the postman dropping the latest Amazon order, the kids grabbing your attention or the chocolate bar in the cupboard. Adopt an intentional approach to focussed work – turn off notifications and set yourself a time commitment to a task. Use the Pomodoro method or another routine that works for you. Be intentional about focussed work.
- Take a Break
Being away from the office means the many distractions that accompany shared working space are gone. So, it is more important to be intentional about making breaks in your day. Grab a coffee, take a stroll round the garden, chat with your partner. Missing the daily social contacts in the office risks your being too engrossed in work – strike a balance.
Whether your commute was 10 mins or 2 hours, the routine of travelling to work provided a mental preparation to shift into work mode. Equally, the journey home allowed time to decompress and re-centre ourselve ready for home and family time. Build into your day a chance to shift gears and be fully present for your family when you are done.