For many of us, home-working will be an alien concept which takes quite a bit of getting used to.
A new environment, a makeshift office and regular interruptions from the children and the other half – not to mention the temptation to do anything that’s not work.
But once you get into the swing of things with a regular routine you might find you can actually be very productive.
Here are seven top tips to keep you motivated during the pandemic.
It can be so easy to wake up and want to stay in your pyjamas all day long – nobody beyond your immediate family is going to see you after all!
But getting up, showered and dressed for a regular day in the office can really help get you into the right mindset and engage ‘work mode.’
TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
It can be hard to remember to take regular breaks when you are at home but make sure you take a proper lunch break to give yourself time to refresh and re-energize.
Also remember to take 10 minutes away from your computer every couple of hours to stretch your legs. This could mean a walk around the garden or to the local shop for your daily fix of The Sentinel.
REMEMBER TO EAT AND DRINK
Stay hydrated! Make sure you are drinking lots of water to keep the headaches at bay – including tea, coffee and cordial.
Also make sure you grab a snack every so often, maybe a piece of fruit or a cereal bar, to keep you from dipping into the biscuit tin every five minutes.
AVOID DOING CHORES
It is hard not to want to wash those dirty pots you left in the sink last night or to hang the washing on the line while it’s sunny, but do not give into temptation!
You wouldn’t be doing them if you were at work – they can wait.
TURN OFF THE TV
It doesn’t take much to get distracted when you are cooped up in the same room day after day, but take as many of those distractions out of the way.
Turn off the TV, put away any magazines and log out of Facebook! You will find you are much more productive without them.
TALK TO YOUR COLLEAGUES
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can’t talk to your colleagues. There are many ways you can do this – try a Google hangout or creating a WhatsApp group, or simply just pick up the phone!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
If you are struggling with your workload or are just going stir-crazy, reach out.
Talk to your line manager about your worries – as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved!