Like many others I have been fortunate enough to be able to work from home throughout the current crisis. I had worked from home before, but only for the occasional day or few hours and so was unprepared for what it actually meant to be isolated in a home office each day, and the challenges that come with it.
Of course there are benefits to working from home, such as cost and time savings of not having to do our daily commutes. There is even tax relief that can be taken advantage of on bills you have to pay for working from home regularly.
As many of us continue to adjust to this so called “new normal”, I wanted to share a few tips that I have for working from home.
Getting up early and dressing for work as if I am going into the office puts me in a much better headspace to work effectively than if I were to stay in my pyjamas all day, as tempting as that may be!
I also try as best I can to set myself office hours to work to. Having a young daughter at home with me can make this a challenge, but trying to maintain some structure during the working week does help.
Using technology to keep in regular contact with colleagues via video call and online chat rather than email enables me to keep a handle on what is going on outside of my home office bubble and ensure we continue to work as a team, even when we are not together.
Finally, I try not to be too hard on myself when I have not had the most productive day. None of us are perfect and we all have a lot of pressure on us at this time. Sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away from your desk and have a cup of tea or read a book, reset, and try again. We are all doing the best we can at this time and that is all that can ever be asked of us.