Here at ACE, we have always been flexible with home and remote working. Therefore, some of our team are experts in all things WFH. Here are a few things you can do to try to effectively work from home without driving yourself (or those around you) round the bend.
By Claire Okrafo-Smart
- Get changed out of your pyjamas every morning. It’ll help get you in the right headspace for work and allow you to make video calls on the spot
- Pick one or more dedicated workspaces, ideally with a decent chair that will support your back
- Try to keep your bedroom as a sacred space for sleeping and relaxing where work is banned. It will help make the work-life divide a little clearer
- Listen to music or put the television on quietly, as working from home can sometimes be a little too quiet (when you’re used to a busy office), which makes it difficult to focus
- Have a lunch break where you don’t look at anything work-related
- If you don’t live alone, communicate to those around you that you’re working; if you have a call with your colleagues you need everyone to be quiet
- Take a break so you don’t burn out. You’re probably not actually working 100% of the time when you’re in an office anyway
- Get social after work; we can’t meet friends or family but just a phone or video call works wonders to keep the loneliness at bay
- Go outside! Even if it’s just a quick walk around your garden or block (keeping your distance from others), the fresh air will do wonders
- Finally, stay active. We can’t go to the gym or even exercise in the park, but we can still go for a run and there are plenty of effective workouts you can do at home
Remember, we are all in the same boat. We all know the news is changing daily but it’s only for three weeks. We can handle that, can’t we?