Five top tips for working at home

21 Apr 2020

Across the country thousands of us are now adjusting to working from home. Keeping focused and productive can prove difficult, especially if you don’t have a designated office space. We’ve put together our list of top tips to make the most of working from home.

1 – Take regular breaks
Working in the office you usually spend more time away from your desk than you realise to use facilities, attend meetings and make refreshments. At home it’s easy to sit in the same position for long periods of time without realising. It’s essential to your physical and mental wellbeing to take regular screen breaks, have a stretch, and go outside for some fresh air.

To ensure you don’t miss out on the sunshine, why not go for a walk during your lunch? You might discover some lovely new walking routes in your local area.

2 – Stay connected
Particularly if you’re used to working in an office, working from home can be a very isolating experience. It’s more important than ever to use technology to get in touch with your friends, family and colleagues.

Why not set up regular check-ins with your team? You don’t have to talk about work, but those self-isolating will really appreciate a chat!

3 – Adapt your work space
While not all of us have desks at home, slouching over your laptop on the sofa is far from ideal. Designate a work space in your home, and keep it clear. You’ll feel much more focused with the sense of routine.

If you’re getting neck ache, try using things around the house to create a laptop stand. Even a stack of books will do the trick – your eyes should be level with the top of your screen.

Here are some more tips to make your workspace more comfortable >

4 – Maintain a healthy diet
When you’re at home, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. Try sticking to regular meal times, and minimise snacking on treats in between. You could even set up a meal planner, which will also help you to shop more effectively – why not ask the kids to get involved, too?

5 – Sleep well
Although you’ve cut out the morning commute, that doesn’t mean you should get any less sleep. Try to avoid naps during the day, and keep your bedroom free from distractions, such as TV. Sleeping well will help to make you more productive during the day, and improve your overall mood.