For many Australians who are fortunate to work remotely, working from home is the new normal. And while the opportunity to work in your pyjamas might seem like a treat, it can be challenging both physically and mentally over the long haul. Here are some steps you can take to be your most productive self when working from home.
Set up your workspace
Working from home is less stressful when you have a dedicated workstation. Choose a flat surface with plenty of space for your computer and other work materials like a dining table or kitchen bench. Use a comfortable chair that lets you sit and work at the right height and ensure the space is adequately lit.
Maintain your routine
Try to keep your schedule as normal as possible to avoid falling into bad habits. Wake up at the same time you usually would and stick to your routine eg: getting dressed and eating breakfast. Set adequate break times throughout the day and take them.
Beware of the fridge
Having your fridge and pantry nearby is literally a recipe for disaster. Avoid constant snacking by setting meal times. Watch your portion sizes and remember to eat a healthy, balanced diet – it’s good for the waistline and your general wellbeing.
Actually, do some work
The key to staying focussed and productive is to avoid distractions. It might be tempting to do a load of laundry, check social media or cook something in between tasks but this can wait until a set break time or when the work day is done. If you live with others, let them know your work hours and ask them to be respectful of this.
Look after yourself
Positive mental wellbeing increases productivity. And while the current situation is stressful, there are a couple of ways to stay happy and healthy working at home. Make sure you get up and move around. You could take a walk in your lunch break for some fresh air and to get those endorphins going. When the working day is over, change into different clothes. Finally, stay connected to work colleagues, friends and family via phone, apps or email. Maintaining our social connections is more important than ever.