10 top tips for staying productive if you’re working remotely
Many of us are working from home for the first time this week.
It can be a difficult transition, with lots of people now working alone instead of amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy office.
So if you’re currently working remotely, we’ve come up with 10 top tips to help you stay on track. Also, if you want to check out some dreamy properties on a tea break, you’re in the right place!
1) Start your day right
Set your alarm for a similar time you’d usually wake up, make a nice breakfast, and change into something comfortable – as long as it’s not your pyjamas.
Making a little effort will go a long way towards feeling productive and ready to work.
2) Revamp your commute
Make the most of the extra time you have by not having to commute, and redirect it into a new morning routine. How about reading or a quick 20 minute work out at in your living room?
3) Set up your workspace
Dedicate a space that’s yours for a specific time period so you can be distraction-free, where possible. We’ve heard of people sharing their desks with their kids so we know it’s really challenging. If you’re used to a busy office, play music or a podcast to fill the empty space and help get in the zone if you can.
4) Make WFH friends
Reach out to friends or people who are also working from home (WFH), and plan to Facetime or even set up a productive working hour together.
Simply talking it through with others can be extremely beneficial.
5) Flowers at home
Bring plants into your workspace, they are living, growing and thriving and are known to help with stress. Plus they look pretty too!
6) Put your phone away
Try dedicating time in the morning and afternoon for socialising on your phone. Or, log out of your favourite social media networks so if you do get tempted, you’re met with a log in screen that should put you off distracting yourself.
7) Keep moving
Experts recommend that you get up and move around every 30 minutes. Even if it’s a quick stretch or a trip to the kitchen, your body will benefit from movement.
8) Don’t slouch
Good posture can be hard work, here’s what you should remember:
- Sit all the way back on your chair, so your back is supported, and your legs are at a 90 degree angle to the floor
- Keep your shoulders back and relaxed, and your spine straight so you don’t slouch.
9) Don’t become Cinderella
Sure, tidy up or get some washing going before you start work and keep the place clean, but too much decluttering can disguise itself as procrastination too!
10) Stay positive
Prioritising your mental health and wellbeing is vital during challenging times. Many of us have little experience working from home, but it does have its advantages.
Most importantly, don’t forget to wash your hands.