A guide to working better at home.

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It would be an understatement to say life has become more difficult for everyone. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everything, and we have all had to adjust to new ways of living and working.

So, for those working at home we have prepared a few simple steps to help you get the most from it. Hopefully – helping you keep your mental health in check and your work productive!

Routine

Stick to a routine. A cliche we know, but we’re all creatures of habit! A routine that you stick too will help no end. Make sure you maintain normal bed times and wake up times. Most importantly when work time stops – Stop. Shut down your computer and try to enjoy some respite from everything.

Dedicated working space

If you can, find a quiet space away from people and distractions like the TV (or the kitchen, when you feel snacky). Get everything you need in one place, before you start work – chargers, pens, paper and anything else – and shut the door if you can. Even in a small or shared space, try to designate an area for work.

Taking a break

Taking time away from the screen is so important. It will allow you to manage any feelings of stress and it should help with productivity. It can often be really beneficial to work in short bursts, of say 50 mins and take a ten minute break every hour. At lunch times try and go for a walk or get some fresh air outside. Working from home can really feel like your constantly at work. Taking these breaks will help you manage this.

Staying in contact

Working from home can be a lonely existence. Make sure you take time to catch up virtually with friends or work colleagues by video or phone calls. Talk to people that are in the same boat or understand you. You’ll feel better for talking.

Improve

The reality is that we may be working for home for a long time. If you need to improve your internet connection or perhaps get a better chair to work on. Approach your employer and see if they will help support you with these items. Trying to get a good working environment will help enormously. Not only with your productivity but with your mental health.

Be kind

Remember, this is an unusual situation and things will not feel normal. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that you might not be as productive as you usually would be. Be realistic about what you can achieve given the circumstances, and relax when your work is done.

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