March 27, 2020
Working From Home? Try These Tips To
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns that are taking place in cities and countries across the globe, an overwhelming majority of the workforce has shifted from working in the office to the safer, socially distant alternative of remote-working.
For many, this means transitioning to a new norm, as remote-working has until now been a relatively novel practice, adopted primarily by startups and freelance workers. Less than two weeks into what may easily be two or three months of working from home, and we are already feeling fidgety, to say the least. So, what’s the best way to stay motivated while you #WFH? Below, our team shares their workspaces and some of the tips they’ve tried to keep their days moving as smoothly as if we were all still sitting together.
1. Create A Routine
We’ve all seen the jokes and memes floating around on social media about losing track of which day of the week it is. We’re guilty too—there’s no doubt that it’s difficult to tell the difference between Tuesday and Saturday when neither involve brunch, happy hour, or some other sort of social gathering or cues to set them apart. While this in theory can make the work week feel less daunting, it equally can make weekends feel less relaxing. So, you owe it to yourself (and your household-cum-colleagues!) to create a work week versus weekend routine. Start your morning with a workout class, a stroll around your neighbourhood, or some meditation.
2. Get Dressed—And Do Your Makeup!
If you’re creating a routine to keep some normalcy, it’s all too inevitable what comes next: get dressed. It doesn’t matter if you go all in and wear trousers and a blouse, or if you simply prefer to keep it business on the top and party on the bottom—just do yourself a favour and change from your pyjamas into something different for the day. You’ll feel instantly refreshed and ready for the day (not to mention ready for those unexpected video calls at a moments’ notice too!)
This also means maintaining your “normal” beauty routine, whether that means a light layer of BB cream or foundation and mascara or something slightly more polished. If you’re on the hunt for some #WFH easy makeup inspo, we’ve got you covered—check out our tutorials and stay tuned for more in the coming days!
3. Designate Your Home Office Space
In cramped city quarters, having a separate home office is nothing less than a luxury, but whether it’s a separate room or a corner carved out on the dining room table, a designated office space is key. Remember what we said about keeping a routine? Part of what makes your routine successful is compartmentalising certain tasks into certain areas of the house—for example, always avoid taking work calls from your bed, no matter how appealing it may seem to tuck in whilst joining a teleconference that definitely could have been an email. Otherwise, you run the risk of affecting not only your daytime productivity, but your ability to get a good night’s sleep in the same spot later on.
4. Stay Connected With Colleagues
One of the best parts of going into the office every day is—unsurprisingly—the social interaction. We miss nothing more than the morning kitchen chats over a cup of coffee or the lunchtime banter about the latest Netflix craze (anyone else digging in to Tiger King these days?). You may be miles away from one another, but there’s nothing that a quick phone call or especially a video chat can’t fix. Trust us, it’s worth brushing your hair and doing a little bit extra to spruce up in the morning if it motivates you to meet some familiar faces over a video conference call. Seeing each other, though virtually instead of en vrai vie, is a sure way to feel connected to one another when popping over to each other’s desks is no longer an option. Other tools, like Slack or Gchat, are a great way to have the “smaller” conversations during your day-to-day, so you can save your email inbox for your bigger business as usual.
5. Take Breaks Throughout The Day
When you don’t have a coworker nudging you to join them for a lunch break or afternoon tea, it can be easy to forego the quick breaks that you usually rely on to get you through the work day in the office. But just because you’re working from home doesn’t make it any less important to give your eyes and mind a quick pause throughout the day. Pencil in 15 minutes both in the morning and afternoon to dedicate to your breaks, and actually use this time. Stand up, move around, pop out to your garden or balcony if you have one, and take a moment to recharge. Your body will thank you for it—and you’ll find your productivity will benefit, too.
6. Set Boundaries With Your Household
Chances are, you’re not home alone. Whether on lockdown with your flatmates, partner, kids, or other family members, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on your workload when there are other people around, especially if you don’t have a separate home office space. In this instance, setting boundaries is key, and will help you to maintain the routine that you have established. Create “quiet zones” in the house that are off-limits during your childrens’ playtime, so that you have a space for conference calls. Loop your household into your work schedule and break times so that they know when it’s okay to interrupt and when you would prefer to power through your work undisturbed.