Struggling with the transition of going from the office to working from home? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are working from home than ever before and working from home can be a lonely project in this era of social distancing, but it doesn't have to be. Here’s our top tips on how to fend off cabin fever and get the most out of working from home…
1. Designate a workspace
While we appreciate that not everyone has the space to designate a whole room to your home office it’s important that you have a specific area to do your job whilst working from home, preferably away from any family members, televisions or other possible distractions!
2. Manage noise levels
Screaming kids, the neighbours dog or general noise disturbances getting to you? Why not treat yourself to some noise cancelling headphones in order to get that much needed peace and quiet?
3. Home time
After a hard day at the home office make sure you tidy away any electronic devices, paperwork etc. just as a workman would when putting away his tools. You don’t want to feel like your living at the office and it’s important to have clear cut boundaries between work time and leisure time.
4. Set Boundaries
Be clear with the other people in your household what is expected from them whilst you are working. If you stick to the rules on what is permitted while you are working, they will too. It might take a few days to get right, but once people see you are serious about working from home, they will respect that.
5. Positivity & Wellbeing
Above all, take time to check in with yourself on how you’re coping. Feeling confined or disconnected? Reach out for a call with a colleague or take regular breaks to get outside to the garden or go for a walk. These are challenging times and it’s ok to feel overwhelmed, but keep in mind this is not forever and you’ll be back in the office in no time!