5 tips when working from home

More people are working from home in 2020 than ever before. Covid-19 means that
many companies are encouraging employees to stay home and avoid working in
communal offices where possible.

There are lots of perks to working from home. You avoid a busy commute, can wear
comfortable clothing and get an unlimited supply of hot drinks. However, working
from home can have its challenges. You might struggle to be productive or miss
socializing with colleagues. So, here are 5 tips when working from home.

Get the software

When working from home, you’ll need to ensure that you have all the equipment and
software to do the job properly. Freelancers, for example, need to send invoices
regularly and might benefit from a simple invoice template. Just because you’re
working from home, you shouldn’t feel as though you can’t do the job as well. Make
sure your laptop or computer is well equipped and has everything you need.

Create an office space

While your laptop might be the only thing you take from your office, you’ll need to
have a good office space at home. Ideally, your house will have a spare room which
can be converted to an office. If not, you may need to use a corner of your lounge or
kitchen. No matter the space you’re working with, it’s important to have a desk and
chair so you don’t get back problems. You’ll be much more productive sitting at a
dedicated work area instead of using the sofa or dining room table.

Get dressed

While it might be tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day, it can be difficult to be
motivated if you do. Most people find that working from home goes better when they
get up at a normal time, shower and get properly dressed. This might not mean putting
on a suit or high heels, but it’s important to change into something that you haven’t
slept in. It will put you in good stead for the day and you’ll feel more enthusiastic
about working.

Avoid screens

When you work from home, you might find yourself staring at a screen all day long.
You go from working at your computer to watching TV within five minutes of your day
finishing. However, research shows that too much screen time can cause negative
impacts on our eyes – and mental health. So, try to pick up some activities that take
your eyes away from the screen, whether that’s exercise, reading or doing arts and
crafts.

Go out

It’s never healthy to stay in the house all day, even on days when you’re working
from home. It’s important to go out every day and get some fresh air and exercise.
While it might be difficult to find the time, try to incorporate this into your routine. An
early morning walk could help to motivate you for the day ahead, or you might fancy
a lunch gym session. Perhaps you like to pop out after the working day has
finished. Find what works for you, but make sure you get those steps