The recent COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do business almost overnight. For many people, working from home was something they only dreamed of, and then suddenly there they were, home alone, and wondering what to do about it.
Remote working sounds like a dream, but the reality is often different. You’re likely to find yourself juggling video meetings and calls with making space in your home, having to keep the kids occupied, wondering how to stay productive, and keeping a tight hold on your sanity.
There’s a lot of information out there for those who find themselves working from home, but in this post, we’ve tried to condense it into just a few hundred words that will take a couple of minutes of your time.
Keep reading if you’re concerned about how remote working might affect your mental health and want some quick and easy tips on how to stay productive and sane.
Establish and Try to Stick With a Routine
Try to keep your normal daily routine as much as possible. For example, get up and make your bed, have breakfast, and put your clothes on.
Organize Your Working Day
Try making a to-do list before you down tools for the day. Allot specific time slots in your day for each task and don’t forget to include lunch and walks in your daily schedule.
Have a Designated Workspace
Working on the kitchen or dining room table is never going to work. Instead, set up a designated workstation, preferably away from areas of activity.
Take Plenty of Breaks
You must take breaks for your mental and physical health. Go for a run, do some yoga, or take a walk out into the garden. Do whatever it takes to help you re-focus, stay productive, and manage your anxiety.
Keep in Touch With Others
Working from home can make you feel very isolated but it helps if you take the time to stay in touch with others. It might be fellow remote team workers or just a friend. Social interaction is good and it helps you keep some structure in your work life.
Know When It’s Time To Stop Working
Routine plays an important part in your working day, so set a cutoff time at the end of the day. The last thing you want is to burn yourself out. Maintaining the right work-life balance is crucial.
Hopefully, you’ll find these few tips helpful, keep a grip on your sanity and be just as productive, if not more so, than you ever were in the office.