Over the past couple of months, the world has been gripped by a pandemic. At the start of 2020, we couldn’t have predicted how quickly and how dramatically our lives would be changing. Social distancing measures have been put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus and Covid-19 and many of us are no longer working in offices and are instead working at home. Of course, hopefully these changes won’t last forever. But this is a big upheaval and many of us are struggling to get to grips with this new way of working. This isn’t all too surprising. Offices are bustling spaces where we can quickly and easily communicate with those we’re working with – we can chat over desks, call meetings in meeting rooms and chat through work systems. We usually have someone over our shoulder making sure we’re doing what we’re meant to be doing and reminding us of projects they might have seen us skip over. Now, we’re operating relatively independently and outside of a professional environment and atmosphere. But not to worry. You can still be productive. You can still hit your deadlines. You can still thrive in your work. You’re just going to have to focus on making working remotely work for you! Here are a few different steps you can take to make the entire process a little easier for yourself!
Stick to Your Working Hours
When you’re working remotely, it can often be difficult to separate the professional and the personal. Don’t let work overrun your life. Sure, you might sit in the evening thinking how you could get started on that upcoming project, or how you can finish something off. But stick to your working hours. You still need your time to yourself! Once the clock hits five o’clock – or whatever time your shift finishes – call it a day and close your laptop. You wouldn’t drive back to work at 9pm and start picking up extra work with no extra pay if you were still in your office. Treat working from home in the same manner!
Prepare Your Lunch
In a similar vein, it’s a good idea to still prepare your lunch! Sure, you can have better lunches when working from home. You have access to a cooker and all the ingredients you own. But prepping by cutting and getting all your ingredients ready for whatever it may be you’re having will reduce the amount of your break you spend on making and clearing up after your lunch and maximise the amount of time you can sit back, relax and actually enjoy your break!
Notify Your Employer of Ways They Can Help
Most employers are eager to make sure that their staff have everything they need to work to a high standard right now. So, let them know about anything that will help you to complete your work more effectively and efficiently while you’re working from home. Having access to the right software can really lift a weight from your shoulders, making your tasks easier to complete. You can find out more here on this matter. You could also let them know if you need further support in regards to communication between you and other employees or you and them.
First, and perhaps most importantly, it’s absolutely essential that you maintain a sense of routine in your life. Our usual working days revolve around routine. We get up early, we get showered and dressed, we eat breakfast and we leave for work. We get to work and schedule our day, taking set breaks and getting our work done. We head home, do whatever else we have to do and then go to bed at a set time so we get sufficient sleep to power us through the day ahead. You should apply a similar routine to your day when working from home. It will make sure you’re sufficiently rested. It will make sure you’re ready for each working day. It’ll help you to get everything done. Sure, it can be tempting to hit snooze until nine and then open your laptop up and log in while you’re still in bed. But it’ll be much better for you – and you’ll find yourself being much more productive – if you still get up early, shower, put fresh clothes on and eat something before you’re due to work. You’ll still get a bit more of a lie in due to not having to commute!
These are simple steps, but so few people actually implement them and find their remote work much more difficult as a result!