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Seven top tips for working from home

Seven top tips for working from home

COVID-19 has brought about many new norms, especially when it comes to office life and where we physically work from. One major change for a lot of people has been the move from an office to setting up shop in the bedroom, lounge room or dining room. While it’s great having the flexibility, it can be hard to separate work life from home life.

To improve your productivity and help you stay motivated, here are our top seven working from home tips.

  1. Choose a dedicated workspace

You may not be working in an office building, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a functional and practical office. A dedicated office or space in a room where you can get work done without being interrupted should be your first priority.

  1. Spend the morning like you’re going into the office

Following a good routine is a great step towards success, and your morning routine has the special privilege of being the first opportunity to set your intentions for the day.

Set your day up right by going through your normal ‘office’ morning routine in a timely manner - you don’t want to arrive late to work, do you? If you follow the same routine, you will get more out of your morning and be able to relax and enjoy the time you would usually spend travelling to work.

  1. Don’t forget to wear shoes!

This one might sound a little different, or possibly obvious to some, but having something on your feet can make a big difference to your mental attitude towards a work day at home. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself.

  1. Connect with colleagues

There are many benefits to working from home, but at times you may find yourself feeling disconnected from colleagues or missing those lunch room chats. Try scheduling catch ups with work friends throughout the week. Whether it be in person or a coffee meeting on Zoom, we’re sure you’ll both appreciate the chance to connect and have a laugh.

  1. Get out and support local

It’s a great feeling to support local businesses and working from home is a good opportunity to get out and meet the baristas at the coffee shop around the corner.

On your break, take a walk around your neighbourhood and drop by your local café. Not only will you be supporting their business, you’ll also get your daily dose of Vitamin D while you’re at it.

  1. Step away from your desk

When you’re working from home it’s easy to blur the lines between work and relaxation.

Try to make a concerted effort to leave your desk while you’re on your breaks. That way you can keep your workspace exclusively as your place of work. Plus, it’s good to get up and walk around for a bit when you’ve been sitting down for a while.

  1. Consciously end your working day

Wrapping up a day’s work is more important than some people give it credit. When you’re working from home, it’s good to get into a clear routine that signals the end of a work day.

A quick mental checklist to make sure you’ve saved all your work, know what’s in your calendar for tomorrow, messaged your team mates to say goodbye and have your computer turned off can be a great help. Another tip is to schedule a walk or catch-up with friends when you would normally finish work to help you switch off for the day.

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