Ten tips to work from home

08 December 2020

Ten tips to survive working from home

2020 has been a strange year. We’ve all had to adapt to a new way of life, with increased numbers of people working from home to limit the spread of Covid-19. Working from home has many benefits, including no commuting time and more time to spend with your family. However, it can also be a struggle at times, especially if you’re sharing a home with a partner who is also working remotely or children who are having to learn virtually. We’ve put together our top ten tips to survive working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keep your morning routine

When you’re working from home, it can be tempting to make the most of your time in bed, rolling out from under the duvet just in time to switch on your laptop. Set yourself up for the day by waking at a consistent time, eating a nutritious breakfast and getting dressed. You can also boost your morning productivity by taking a short walk before starting work to blow the cobwebs away.

Limit your distractions

It’s easy to be distracted by other members of your household or chores that need completing when you’re working from home. However, that’s not beneficial for your productivity. Choose a working area which is away from household distractions or high-traffic areas, even if that means working from your bedroom. You probably can’t expect complete silence if you live in a busy household, but minimising your distractions will allow you to focus on work.

Remember to take breaks

Regular breaks are essential, especially if you’re working in front of a screen. Giving your eyes a break and stretching your legs can make a world of difference and actually help to enhance your productivity when you return to your computer. 

Have set working hours

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to blur the lines between your work life and your home life. Making sure you keep to set working hours can help you to keep that all-important work-life balance, as well as providing other members of your household with clear boundaries about when you’re working.  

Keep in touch with your co-workers

Working from home can make you feel out of touch with your co-workers. Try to take the time to greet them each morning, ask how their weekend was and make the occasional small-talk. We’re all in this together!

Make the most of your extra time

With the average daily UK commute taking 59 minutes, that’s an extra hour of your day you’ve got to play with. Don’t let it get sucked up by work. Make the most of your extra time by spending time with your family, learning a new skill or taking the time to relax. You’ll find that it boosts your mental health and you’ll reap the benefits of working from home.

Don’t forget your lunch

When you’re busy at work and you’ve got a demanding job, it can be tempting to work through your lunch break, eating at your desk or not at all. Prioritise your lunch break, even if it’s only half an hour. Take the time to eat your lunch away from your desk, sitting down with other members of your household. You can also take the opportunity to go for a short walk to clear your mind and prepare you for the afternoon.

Use earphones

At the start of 2020, many people had never heard of Zoom. Fast forward 12 months and there aren’t many people that have managed to avoid it. Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype are now a part of everyday working life, but background noise can be annoying and at worst, embarrassing. Invest in some comfortable earphones to minimise your background noise, along with keeping your own noise levels down for other members of your household. Trust us, they’ll thank you!

Prepare ahead

Let’s face it - there aren’t many of us that have managed to escape lockdown without piling on a few extra pounds, and it’s tempting to snack when you’re working from home. It’s best to accept your fate – you’re going to snack more when your fridge is so nearby. But you can get a step ahead by preparing your snacks the night before. Having snacks such as carrot sticks readily prepared will limit your unhealthy snacking potential, helping to prevent your scales from creeping up.

Hide your phone

It’s tempting to have a quick scroll through Facebook or to message your friends when work gets a bit boring. There are so many places you’d much rather be than sat at your computer screen. However, minutes can turn into hours and before you know it, you’ve procrastinated your day away. Log out of social media and leave your phone in another room to avoid temptation. You know you won’t be able to resist if it’s in your pocket!

To sum up

We’re all muddling through a tough situation in 2020, with many of us set to continue working from home into 2021. By following these tips, you can maximise your productivity while you’re working remotely and emerge from the pandemic in a good place in your career. If working from home means that you no longer need your second car, Any Colour Car can help. Contact us today to find out how much we could give you for your car.

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