The way we work has changed in 2020 and remote working is going to become a much more standard part of business life. Maybe just part of your team is working from home, maybe you all are, or maybe you’re just figuring out a few logistics before making the move. Either way, we want to help you out with a few tips.
Our entire office team have become experts in remote working over the last couple of weeks. Here’s what they have to say on the subject…
1. Location is Everything
Okay, you’re not commuting to the office any more, but you can still create an office in your own home. In fact, setting up a dedicated work space can be hugely important to your productivity levels.
Your location triggers associations in your brain – so if you’re in your living room, where you’d normally be relaxing, you’re not going to be in the right frame of mind for work. Create a clean, dedicated space that doesn’t have to be cleared away at the end of the day or rebuilt again in the morning. This will help you focus when you have to sit down to work.
2. Stick to Your Regular Schedule
Working from home means your office location has changed but that doesn’t mean everything else has to go out the window. If you have regular work hours, keep working those hours. If you take your breaks a set times, keep taking your breaks at those times.
It may well be the case that the reason you’ve started working from home is precisely because that schedule didn’t work around your personal life. That’s fine too. Create a new schedule that suits you and stick to that routine instead.
3. Get the Technology You Need
This one is a bit of a no-brainer really; make sure you have everything you need in order to carry out your day-to-day tasks. Make a list of all your responsibilities and what software or hardware you need in order to complete those jobs.
Remember to not only think about how you’re going to produce your work, but also how you are going to work as a team still. There are a number of different video conferencing tools out there and online collaborative workspaces – figure out what works for your way of working.
4. Get Some Fresh Air
It’s so easy to get stuck indoors when you work from home. Maybe you were only ever outside for as long as it took you to go from your house to your car, but now you don’t even have that!
Having an open window in your workspace can do wonders for your mental and physical health. When you’re only ever breathing in stale air, you’re making your body work harder to get the oxygen it needs. But a fresh supply of oxygen improves your digestion system, your immune system, your blood pressure and your serotonin levels (happy hormones).
5. Get Rid of All Distractions
One big problem with working from home is that there are suddenly a lot more distractions available to you. This is another reason why it’s so important to keep your workspace separate (see point 1).
Distractions might not even be fun activities like playing a quick video game or finishing your latest craft project. If you keep thinking about that pile of laundry, or that shirt which needs a button sewing back on, you’re still not focussed on your work. Try to get all those jobs done before you start work, maybe even the night before, so that you can work with a clear head.
6. Establish Some Ground Rules
You might not be the only one at home and if that’s the case, you need to make sure you’re all on the same page. What hours will you be working? Will you be taking phone calls which they need to stay quiet for? Can they even pop in to ask if you want a cup of tea?
Hopefully the people you’ve chosen to live with are people you like and who want you to do well in your job so this doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation. You just need to actually have that conversation so that everyone knows what’s what.
We’ve talked lot about how important it is to create a dedicated work space for while you’re remote working. Did you know that we also have a bunch of tips on how you can optimise that space for a productive work environment?