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Working From Home Advice
10 Tips to Work Well From Home
Tip #1 - Maintain Regular Hours Most office based workers stick to a planned schedule of working time, for example 9-5. Having a clear idea of exactly when you’ll work at home is also good. Knowing when you should be taking breaks will help you structure the day and logging off on time helps you strike a good work-life balance
If you’re new to working from home, it can be quite a daunting prospect at first, especially during the current times where it may have become a reality quickly. Don’t worry! Take it step by step and you’ll be up and running in no time. Check out our tips to make sure you work well from home.
Tip #2 - Have a Morning Routine Deciding to start work at a certain time is all very well but you need a routine that guides you to your chair. Think about what you associate with the start of work - making a coffee? Returning home after a run? Even getting dressed could count as long as it triggers your “start work” switch.
Tip #3 - Set Ground Rules If you live with other people you need to agree certain rules. For example, you may want to make it clear that during your working hours you’re not to be disturned. Or the children may need to be told that they must be quiet whilst you’re at your desk. Make sure to set rules from the start.
Tip #4 - Take Breaks When you’re working from home, especially if you’re on your own, the hours can disappear in what seems like a short space of time. Give yourself scheduled breaks so that you can get away from the desk and phone at regular intervals. A full lunch hour is also a good way to take a break.
Tip #5 - Use a Dedicated Space Work time is very different to leisure time. For that reason, a dedicated work space is important for separating work activities from leisure activities. If you don’t have a spare room you can use as an office, you should at least have a desk or a table that is set aside purely for work.
Tip #6 - Have the Right Hardware If you’re working from home for an employer, make sure that they supply you with the hardware you need to do your job properly. If you have everything you need, such as the right IT equipment, this will help you do your work productively rather than fiddling around trying to fix issues.
Tip #7 - Have Social Contact We all remember the messing around in the office, sending joke emails and having a laugh. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Make a point of having some social time during the day via email, social media or even WhatsApp amongst colleagues.
Tip #8 - Enjoy the Perks There’s no doubt about it that working from home comes with natural perks. For example, if you have a favourtite daytime TV show, there’s no reason you can’t have it on in the background. If you don’t like wearing a shirt and tie, then don’t! As long as you are doing the work, enjoy those little perks.
Tip #9 - Stay Focused It takes focus and self discipline to work from home successfully but everyone’s attention drifts sometimes, even in an office setting. If you find yourself searching for your next holiday, make a mental note to continue during your next break and get back to work.
Tip #10 - Have an Evening Routine As much as it’s important to have a morning routine (see tip #2) it’s just as an important to signal the end of the working day. This could be making a point of signing out of all business apps, shutting down the computer and going for a walk. Make sure to do it consistently to mark the end of work.
If working from home is a new experience for you, we hope you find the tips useful. If you have any other tips you think we should add here, we would love to hear from you! Simply contact us using the email address at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing from you.
Mintio is a trading style of AdMatrix Ltd Company number 08475546 VAT registration 195579545
Working From Home Advice
10 Tips to Work Well From Home
If you’re new to working from home, it can be quite a daunting prospect at first, especially during the current times where it may have become a reality quickly. Don’t worry! Take it step by step and you’ll be up and running in no time. Check out our tips to make sure you work well from home.
Tip #1 - Maintain Regular Hours Most office based workers stick to a planned schedule of working time, for example 9-5. Having a clear idea of exactly when you’ll work at home is also good. Knowing when you should be taking breaks will help you structure the day and logging off on time helps you strike a good work-life balance
Tip #2 - Have a Morning Routine Deciding to start work at a certain time is all very well but you need a routine that guides you to your chair. Think about what you associate with the start of work - making a coffee? Returning home after a run? Even getting dressed could count as long as it triggers your “start work” switch.
Tip #3 - Set Ground Rules If you live with other people you need to agree certain rules. For example, you may want to make it clear that during your working hours you’re not to be disturned. Or the children may need to be told that they must be quiet whilst you’re at your desk. Make sure to set rules from the start.
Tip #4 - Take Breaks When you’re working from home, especially if you’re on your own, the hours can disappear in what seems like a short space of time. Give yourself scheduled breaks so that you can get away from the desk and phone at regular intervals. A full lunch hour is also a good way to take a break.
Tip #5 - Use a Dedicated Space Work time is very different to leisure time. For that reason, a dedicated work space is important for separating work activities from leisure activities. If you don’t have a spare room you can use as an office, you should at least have a desk or a table that is set aside purely for work.
Tip #6 - Have the Right Hardware If you’re working from home for an employer, make sure that they supply you with the hardware you need to do your job properly. If you have everything you need, such as the right IT equipment, this will help you do your work productively rather than fiddling around trying to fix issues.
Tip #7 - Have Social Contact We all remember the messing around in the office, sending joke emails and having a laugh. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Make a point of having some social time during the day via email, social media or even WhatsApp amongst colleagues.
Tip #8 - Enjoy the Perks There’s no doubt about it that working from home comes with natural perks. For example, if you have a favourtite daytime TV show, there’s no reason you can’t have it on in the background. If you don’t like wearing a shirt and tie, then don’t! As long as you are doing the work, enjoy those little perks.
Tip #9 - Stay Focused It takes focus and self discipline to work from home successfully but everyone’s attention drifts sometimes, even in an office setting. If you find yourself searching for your next holiday, make a mental note to continue during your next break and get back to work.
Tip #10 - Have an Evening Routine As much as it’s important to have a morning routine (see tip #2) it’s just as an important to signal the end of the working day. This could be making a point of signing out of all business apps, shutting down the computer and going for a walk. Make sure to do it consistently to mark the end of work.
If working from home is a new experience for you, we hope you find the tips useful. If you have any other tips you think we should add here, we would love to hear from you! Simply contact us using the email address at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing from you.
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