Working from home, whether by choice or necessity, is a growing part of modern life. Chapelton has great digital infrastructure, including superfast broadband, making it ideal for home working, but that doesn’t mean the transition from office to house is an easy one.
To help you get the most out of your new work setup we have put together some useful tips.
Keep your routine
One of the easiest things to do when you’re new to working from home is to let your routine slip. It can be very tempting to stay in bed until 8:55, take the chance to wear pyjamas to work or push breakfast back to mid-morning. While these things can be appealing, especially at first, they can throw you off mentally. Keeping your routine as normal as possible helps productivity and keeps you in the swing of things.
Plan, plan, plan
At the start of every day set out a plan of what tasks you need to complete for the day. Setting goals is a good idea regardless of where you’re working but is especially important at home with all the extra distractions. Doing this can also stop work pilling up and saves you time and stress in the long run.
Set up a dedicated space
If you can, try to allocate a part of your home to work. This doesn’t need to be a home office or involve redecorating a spare room, just a specific place you plan to work. Whether it’s a dining table or a living room chair, keeping everything in the one place helps you be on top of things and in the right mindset.
Pick up the phone
One of the hardest things about working from home can be the lack of social interaction. It is sometimes easy to forget the value of a quick chat while making a cup of tea or even just talking to your desk mate. Picking up the phone, or using a video chat, rather than relying on emails is a great way to keep in touch with others.
Boundaries and breaks
Many people find that they actually end up working longer hours from home than they would in the office. When the boundary between work life and home life is blurred it can be easy to not take your full lunch break or carry on checking emails well beyond finishing time. Scheduling in regular breaks and trying to be disciplined about start and finish times can help you keep a work-life balance in your new office.
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