How to work well from home
With an increasing number of employees now working from home, and more often, we are also having to learn to embrace a whole new way of living and this can have a significant impact on our overall wellbeing.
Cultivating healthy positive habits and behaviours is key if we want to remain healthy and productive. The following is a useful collection of suggestions to help you to work well from home:
1. Embrace the day
Refuse the snooze and get up and get going! It is not a good idea to start our workday whilst we are still in bed. Getting washed and dressed and taking pride in our appearance even if we aren’t going to see anyone will help us to feel so much better about ourselves. This will also have a big impact on our energy levels, motivation, and overall attitude.
2. Take a fake commute to and from work
One clear way to create healthy boundaries between the beginning and end of our working day is to take a fake commute to and from work. Simply walking out of our home and around the block can help us to mentally prepare for the day ahead and it is a great way to unwind when the workday is over.
3. Plan your day
It’s easy when working from home to feel like there’s no structure or routine—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one! Just because there aren’t any physical walls keeping you inside doesn’t mean there aren’t boundaries on Aimlessly wandering into our day may be a lovely thing to do when we have a day off; however, to get things done, planning, and structuring our day is much more beneficial. Creating to-do lists for each goal and project and scheduling in proper breaks and mealtimes is essential for our overall wellbeing and energy levels.
4. Create a positive work environment
It is far more conducive for productivity to set up a designated workspace with everything that we need so that we can focus on tasks without being distracted. Decluttering and being tidy both at work and home will help us to feel far more organised and calmer. It can be stressful trying to find things in a cluttered environment.
5. Move about and stretch
Stretching is an excellent mood-boosting activity as it releases neurochemicals in the brain, like serotonin, which is the primary chemical associated with joy and elation. Always make time to leave your workspace at regular intervals.
6. Get regular amounts of fresh air
It’s easy to forget that fresh air is an important part of staying healthy while working from home—especially if you’re inside all day long! Make a point of taking breaks outside every few hours, so you don’t end up feeling claustrophobic. Getting outside and breathing in fresh air and absorbing natural daylight is especially important when we work from home. Fresh air is brilliant for invigorating and stimulating the senses. So, taking breaks and getting outside as often as possible is helpful.
7. Know when to switch off and rest
Going immediately from one meeting or task to another can be exhausting. It is far more constructive to take some time out to have rest stops, so we can clear our minds, relax, and recharge.
8. Keep connected and communicate
Communication is key for remote workers! Make time each day to connect with co-workers or other team members who aren’t in the same location as you by phone or video chat—even if it’s just for five minutes at first. Human beings are social creatures, and we thrive by feeling connected to others so building and sustaining a strong network of supportive work colleagues can really help. Contributing to team chats and meetings is important and taking time for non-work chats is helpful. When we feel lonely or isolated it is important to reach out because we won’t be the only ones who may be feeling like this.
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