Given the current lockdown, a large proportion of us are working from home. This is something that I have been doing since forming CG Specialist Recruitment, so luckily, I have grown used to it. I have also made every mistake there is to make when it comes to working from home. Therefore, here are some tips from my personal experience of working from home.
Let me take you through my journey with exercise since working from home. I started off by continuing to go to the gym after my working day with my gym partner. My gym partner is someone I used to work with (and a close friend of mine) so we were used to this schedule. However over time we would find excuses not to go to the gym after work and most of it came down to being tired from the working day.
I then started to go and exercise first thing in the morning, and I cannot tell you how paramount this has been to my working day. It provides me with a discipline, and if I conquer my exercise target first thing in the morning then I am ready to conquer whatever task comes in front of me throughout the working day.
This is simply what works for me, what works for you may be different, but my point remains the same:
Exercise. I’m no sports scientist, but I know that exercising benefits me greatly. It’s a fantastic stress relief, it’s therapeutic and keeps your body and mind healthy.
We are currently allowed to go outside for one form of exercise per day. If you are a beginner with exercise start by something simple like going for a 1k jog/walk every day for a week. Over time, try and beat your times and set new goals. Once you beat your target, you will feel fighting ready for your working day!
Stick to a Schedule
Just because you are working from home, does not mean that it is a license to have a lie in or finish work early. Just like if you were at work, it is best to stick to a schedule. That way you stay on your routine, you don’t interrupt your sleeping pattern and you are much more likely to complete your necessary tasks. I tried to have a lie in many times, and it never ended well in the long run (although it felt great on the day).
With this, set aside breaks just like you would at your place of work too.
Try and base this on your place of work, just with a different setting.
All great advisors on the topic of working from home advise dressing like you were at work and set aside a working area which will put you in the right mindset. Although I do find dressing in a suit and tie a bit extreme to work from home, working in your undies isn’t a good idea either. I try and find some sort of middle ground with this.
In terms of a working area, try not to make this too casual. I advise not to use the sofa, but maybe a desk or table in the house.
There are so many great apps that you can use for working from home nowadays, and I’m not exactly the best when it comes to technology! Apps like Zoom and Skype are always great for video conferencing and helps to keep you communicating with your colleagues and clients.
Make your Bed
This is something that I would advise whether you work at home or not. Making your bed is the first task of my morning. Something as simple as getting out of bed and making it straight away gives me a small sense of success in the morning as I have completed my first task. It goes back to what I was mentioning about exercise, if you complete tasks successfully first thing in the morning, then you will be ready to complete tasks in your working day.
It also stops you from getting back into bed before bedtime like I have done too many times!
One of my weaknesses, but also one of my favourite features of working from home. Try and stay as disciplined as possible with the fridge.
I try and use it as a small reward system for myself for completing a task.
These are some of my tips from my experience of working from home. If you have any that you would like to offer to me or to others, get in touch:
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