With offices around the world closed while we hunt for a coronavirus vaccine, millions are working from home for the first time. Adjusting to conference calls from your bedroom can be disorienting, but making small changes to your environment can energise and improve your concentration.
Maintaining some of the practices you would usually undertake in the workday mentally prepares you for working from home.
Get dressed for work
Take off the pyjamas and put on the tie! Dress as you would normally for the office. Hoodies, begone!Explore
Set up an office space
Get up and out of bed. Creating a 'work zone' will help you make the mental shift from home to office mode.Explore
Take a break
Replace water cooler chat with regular breaks.
Have a lunch hour
Sometimes we all fall into the office trap of eating lunch at our desks. But carving out an hour in the middle of the day to get away from the screen, is an easy way to replicate office conditions at home.Explore
Take five minutes to walk around, or stretch your legs, every twenty five minutes. Experts call this the 'Pomodoro Technique'. It will alleviate feelings of being stuck in one place.Explore
Maintain regular hours
Without the commute back home, the structure of the work day is less rigid. Don't fall into the trap of working long beyond you would on a normal work day - it's the fastest way to burnout without realising. Set a reminder to stop working when you'd usually be off the clock.Explore
If regulations allow you to go outside, make the most of it and get some fresh air. When you're running against a tough deadline, changing your environment can counteract stress.Explore
Sustain communication with your colleagues
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Incorporate video calls
Where possible incorporate video calls into your routine, to bring a sense of normality to your meetings.Explore
Ensure everyone is aligned
Checking in with your team each day to check everyone is working towards the same goals is crucial, as isolation can result in mental drift.Explore
This page was last edited on Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 10:36 UTC