For all its perks, working from home can be a bit lonely and dull. Spruce your space with these tips.
When it comes to indulging in life’s more enjoyable experiences – holidays, nights out with friends, novelty-sized lollipops – it takes some extra cash in your pocket, and that usually means doing work. Some people love their job so much, that it doesn’t even feel like labour… for others, employment is a necessary step to get out and enjoy non-work things, and the best sniff of weekday freedom available is the ability to work from home.
If you’re a regular home office dweller, you may have noticed that in abandoning all those schmucks in peak hour traffic, saying goodbye to alarms drilling through your head at the crack of dawn, and basking in peace and quiet, that you’re also missing a few things from a traditional working environment – perhaps you’re in a little rut, or simply not as productive.
In celebration of International Worker’s Day, let’s focus on a few tips to make working from home a big success:
4. Set up your space
If your home workspace is little more than the end of the coffee table, or whatever part of the desk the cat isn’t laying on, then you’re doing it wrong.
- Make a clear distinction between work and home by designating a space in your house, with a suitable desk where your work tools are in easy reach
- Make sure you have a comfortable office chair
- Decorate your space with things that make you happy – photos of family and pets, a fun calendar, and things that inspire you
- Your space should be well-lit, with natural light if possible, and a good overhead lamp when needed. Eye-strain and headaches are real problems for people who need to be in front of a computer for long periods of time, so make it easy for yourself.
3. Know when to walk away
If the only thing you’ve laid eyes on for hours is your monitor, or there’s a permanent butt-groove in your chair, you need to take a break.
Get in the routine of getting up and stretching every couple of hours, even if it is just to clear your head and refill your coffee mug. You could always make it a bit more fun by chucking on your favourite Spotify playlist – a few lively tracks can really help lift your mood.
2. Stay in touch
If the last telemarketer who called hung up on you, then perhaps you’re a little starved for human interaction.
Touch base with your team and supervisors regularly, and using video calls can bring the interaction to life. Sometimes things can be ‘lost in translation’ over email, and a face-to-face chat can help get everyone on the same page. Not only that, but it can really aid in making remote workers feel less isolated.
1. Set goals and work together
Any good workday starts with a plan. Have a decent breakfast, and write down your daily goals.
You’ll get a sense of satisfaction as tasks are ticked off, and there’s less chance of you forgetting something that may cause unnecessary stress later. If you’re working as part of a team, project management software like Trello is great for collaboration, no matter where participants are located.
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