Take Advantage Of The Outside
Everyone knows how important it is to take regular breaks when working from home. But, sometimes, this just isn’t possible. If you still want a breath of fresh air, why not take your calls on the road – especially if face-to-face interaction isn’t necessary. Known as ‘walkabouts’, even in non-Covid times, many physical offices had started to encourage employees to take meetings on the go, with recent studies showing that discussing issues or projects in different settings can spark new ideas and creativity.
Give Your Wellbeing A Reality Check
Without the pressures of the commute or back-to-back meetings, WFH could offer you the time to check in on your health and wellbeing. Perhaps you re-commit to that early morning run? “Eat well, sleep well and exercise well – these are the three cornerstones of good physical health,” agree the recruitment experts at Hays. “There are plenty of at-home exercise tutorials online which cover the full range of ability levels – from the fittest among us to the athletically challenged – and serve as a great way to break up the day. Furthermore, don’t skip lunch and don’t compromise your sleep.”
Create A Family Schedule
If you have children, you might be one of the many who dread working at home. The key, says the Hays team, is to create a schedule ahead of time. “Ideally, it should outline the full day from waking up to bedtime,” they explain. “Your set ‘office’ hours, when food will be made, when it will be eaten and when any breaks will occur. Try to line up your work plan with your children’s typical routines – for example, parents of young ones may find it easier to schedule calls during naptime or when older children are at school. If there are multiple working adults in the household, you might also want to allocate who will ‘own’ each chunk of time, thereby helping to ensure everyone is able to have some distraction-free work time.”
Always Sign Off Properly
With no official ‘going home’ time, it’s tempting to just keep going until you’re done. While you can certainly use WFH time to catch up, working towards a 6pm or 7pm goal might make you more productive throughout the day, and less prone to procrastination. “Humans are creatures of habit, so a regular schedule is important,” agree the experts at Hays. “Set one and stick to it. If you are new to home working, try to adhere to your normal office routine as much as possible. Get up, get dressed and ‘arrive’ at your desk early to go through emails and create your daily task list. Then, when the working day is done, log off and focus instead on your personal activities to avoid burnout.” If you’re still happy to answer emails late into the evening, just be sure to switch off any alerts which might tell your colleagues you’re still online. That way, you can clear the inbox without being asked to action anything late in the day.
For more information on working from home effectively visit Hays.co.uk and MichaelPage.co.uk