With the news that more of us will have to work from home for the foreseeable future, many people are starting to worry that they’ll be unable to work as productively as normal.
With a lack of routine, no colleagues to keep you on track and a multitude of distractions, the prospect of working from home for such a long time can seem daunting. However, with the right tricks and tips to help you maximise your output, you may find that staying at home is just as easy as working from the office.
When we don’t have to travel to work, it can be too easy to stay in bed for longer to put off starting the workday. However, by starting your day early, you’ll find that you get into the rhythm of the day much more quickly, and your output will increase.
Enjoy an early morning coffee or tea in your favourite mug to start the day off right and give you the boost of energy that you need.
It’s easier to be distracted from your work if you don’t have a dedicated workspace. Trying to work from a room with a television is never a good idea, and even using your laptop from the sofa isn’t always the best plan of action.
Use the largest table or surface you have to set up your computer, your notepads and any other writing materials that you use during the day. The kitchen or dining table is often a good idea as it is usually large, free of clutter, and away from the main household distractions.
Organising yourself is one of the best ways to ensure you can work quickly and efficiently, whether you’re in the office or at home. Plan your day with a calendar, diary or checklist to make sure you can work methodically.
Keep any notepads and pens organised and close to hand to avoid losing time searching the house for something to write with.
Planning your meals and preparing them in advance is a great way to help stick to your usual routine. When we’re working from the office, we take our sandwiches ready wrapped, and our pre-cooked meals ready to microwave, so why should it be any different when we’re working from home?
Prepare your meals the night before so you don’t have to spend any time planning and making food during the workday.
Homemade soups are a great idea for weekday lunches at home. Easy to prepare, soup chills and even freezes really well, so you can have plenty made in advance ready to microwave or warm in a pan the next day for a quick and healthy lunch.
An untidy desk is the enemy of efficiency at work. Not only does it make things more difficult to find, it can reduce your motivation and make the workday seem more of a chore than it needs to be.
By using wall mounted and free-standing storage baskets, you can organise your files efficiently, and remove paperwork from your desk to free up a large workspace.
Label each of your storage baskets for an even more efficient home filing system.
Let’s be honest – workspaces can often be very dull and boring, leading to a lack of motivation and the need to find something more interesting to do.
Adding a fun or colourful item to your workspace can be a great way to brighten up your desk and, in turn, brighten up your mood, making the day seem less tedious than it did before.
Bringing life into your home is a great way to create a light and airy atmosphere.
Plants not only add colour and brightness which lightens our mood, they have also been proven to boost productivity by releasing oxygen, which increases brain power. Place a vase of fresh flowers or a potted house plant close to your desk to really liven up the space.
One of the most difficult parts of working from home is missing your comfortable office seat and spending all day perched on a hard dining chair.
Instead of counting down the minutes until you can get up from your hard chair and have a rest on the sofa, try softening up your seating with a thick seat pad, perfect for reducing any uncomfortable pains and keeping your focus on the job.
Although clock watching is never a good way to help the day go by, planning your day by time and keeping track of how long each task is taking is a really good way to stay on track and make sure you hit any deadlines.
Placing a large wall clock near to your table or desk is a handy way of making sure you’re always aware of the time passing, and far more effective than a tiny desk clock.
Although it doesn’t look as though most of us will be able to return to the office any time soon, there’s no need to despair over the situation.
By following these handy tips for keeping motivated and efficient, we believe that you can not only be great at working from home, but you can really learn to love it.