Working from home tips and advice

work from home productivity

For some of us, working from home may be no change at all. For others, it's a completely new experience. As businesses around the world adjust to this new normal, how can we make sure can both you and your team stay productive and engaged, whilst striking the all-important work life balance?

Whether you're a working from home pro or still getting to grips with zoom conference calls, take a look at our tips below for advice on how to keep productive, happy and healthy whilst working from home. 

The Basics

1. Separate work and living spaces

It’s vital to have separate work and living spaces. No space? Not a problem. Having a particular desk set up for work in the corner of a room is better than nothing. As long as you only work at that desk, it’ll become second nature to leave it at that desk when you’re done.

2. Set regular work times and try to maintain your work/life balance

Working too much can lead to burnout and wrecks your productivity.  Appropriate boundaries and set working hours are needed to maintain the work/life balance an office usually brings. This lets you truly relax in your spare time and gives a deadline to help keep you focused during the day.

3. Take regular breaks to come back with a fresh head

Taking breaks feels a little odd with remote work, as you can technically stop at any time.  Get to know what works for you, as there needs to be a balance between staying focused and not working yourself into a rut.

Getting away from your screen will also help to prevent headaches.

4. Stretch to avoid cramps and pains

An injury may affect your ability to work. Avoid this by taking the time to stretch your muscles regularly (especially if you’re sat typing all day).

During your regular breaks, spend a few minutes stretching your limbs and muscles to ease out any tension.

5. Avoid despair by managing “impostor syndrome”

Impostor syndrome can wipe out motivation without warning. The isolation that remote work can bring may make it difficult to rationalise your success, leaving you feeling like a fraud. This can be incredibly demotivating, and can easily lead to procrastination.

The best way to deal with this is with common sense and communication.

  • Keep a folder of work you’re proud of or positive feedback you’ve received.
  • Listen to constructive criticism, but dismiss random, useless, negative comments.

Most of all, know that if you feel like a fraud then you’re doing something right.

You have to be successful to feel like you don’t deserve that success, and if the feeling endures then it only means you’re standing the test of time.