Four ways to make working from home easier

working from home

Some tips and tricks to help…

working from homeWhile many have started to return to the office there are plenty of workers around the globe who remain working from their home office. What is more plenty of those workers are feeling the strain of working from home. The lack of social interaction with colleagues and the distinct lack of a change in scenery can become tiresome and demotivating.

While working from home has its benefits there are drawbacks too. To help combat those negatives and make working from home easier on yourself consider these tips. 

1. Define working hours and tell others about them

When working from home and running a household be it with young children or supposedly grown-up teenagers the lines can often be blurred between your role as an employee and your role in the household. Children still ask for lifts to friends’ houses and partners still call upon you to find something.

If you were at work in the office chances are you would not receive half of the requests you do from friends and family while working from home. Make things easier on yourself and where you can set yourself working hours and factor in a coffee and lunch break. Importantly however make sure everyone else is aware of this schedule and that during work hours you are at work and that needs to be respected by all.

2. Ensure you are using the best equipment 

There is nothing more frustrating than a glitching Teams meeting or slow-loading computer. If you are working from home for the foreseeable future, ensure that you are doing so with the best equipment that is possible for you.

Consider whether you need to upgrade your broadband speed to superfast broadband, purchase ergonomic furniture to ease your back pain or upgrade your computer software with the latest update.

If you are not sure what steps you need to take to improve your software or technology isn’t your strong point then why not read a review about how updating your software can improve your computer and learn from others. Take a little time to consider the improvements you can implement to improve your work from home situation.  

3. Leave home

One of the biggest problems with working from home is that you can spend a lot of long hours in your house and your only change of scenery can be from your bedroom to the kitchen to your at-home desk. Try to make time each day to get away from the home, even if just for a 10-minute walk around the block.

A bit of fresh air, gentle exercise and change of scenery will do you and your mental health the world of good. 

4. Set up regular check-ins with colleagues

Whether you use Teams, Zoom or even WhatsApp, finding a way to connect with colleagues is essential. It might be to discuss business to alleviate any stresses or concerns you have or just to discuss what you all did at the weekend. Carving out time to have conversations with colleagues can improve your work life and indeed the quality of your work.

You would be doing this if you were in the office so why not at home?

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