Working From Home: Routine, Stay Social & Keep Moving
This weekend and many going forward, is going to feel quite unlike any other for a large majority of us around the world due to Covid-19. In our usual What’s On Weekly blog, we like to give you a round up of the best ways to spend your weekend in London. With circumstances a little different now, we’re going to give you ideas over the coming weeks of how you can be using your time at home, whether you will be social distancing or self-isolating.
This week our focus will be on working from home and how to make sure you remain productive.
For those of us that are used to working in an office environment, the idea of being able to sit at home in your pyjamas all day may be exciting for some. But making sure that you get up at your normal time, washing as normal and getting dressed will not only allow you to improve your state of mind at this tricky time, but it will also psychologically prepare to start the day’s work. You also won’t be left looking embarrassed if you have to dial in to a last-minute video call!
Maintain your routine
Sticking to your normal working hours that you had in the office should be easy for you to begin with. But its crucial that you make sure you’re starting work at the same time every day to ensure that your habits don’t slide as time goes on. There’s no knowing at this point, how long we will be battling Coronavirus, so try to make sure your daily routine is as normal as possible. It also goes without saying that going to bed a reasonable hour every night, so that you get enough sleep and wake up at your usual time is imperative. When the working day is done, make sure you turn off your screen, put away all your paperwork and establish a clear boundary between work time and non work time.
Talk on the phone
When you’re in the office, you’re used to engaging normally with colleagues and having that social interaction. However when you’re working from home, chances are you’ll be alone. Though you may find it easier to get work done with fewer distractions from conversations and office noise, you may find the environment a little isolating. It’s important to make sure you put aside some time to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with your colleagues, rather than hiding behind an e-mail. Phone conversations may prove to be much more stimulating and productive.
Remember to take a break
Routine, when you’re working from home, is key. But making sure that you’re not glued to your screen all day is also important. Remembering to take regular screen breaks, getting up and moving around, just as you would in the office is greatly advised. Stand up, do some stretches and even go for a short walk as these things will all help you to keep your productivity levels stable in the long run.
Keep moving and get some fresh air
With most of spending due to be spending a lot more time in doors, it is so important that we make sure we put aside time to get a daily workout in. Whether it means booking a time slot into your working day to make sure you get it done or doing an hour of exercise at the end of the day – make sure this becomes routine. If you’re lucky enough not be self-isolating, working from home shouldn’t mean that you need to stay cooped up inside all day. Try and make sure you’re leaving the house at least once day so long as you’re still distancing yourself from others. Put your shoes on and go for a walk, jog or bike ride in your local area. It will be so important for everyone to take care of their mental health at this time and getting outside will certainly help. It will also aid you with any mental work blocks you might be having, by giving you a new environment to think out your problems and help you re-set.
At Daniel Cobb, we will be continuing business as usual, but with a new set of parameters in place. Through the web, we will shortly be introducing virtual viewings for those who request them. If you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in looking at properties to rent or properties to buy in Westminster, London Bridge or Kennington, then feel free to call us and our team would be happy to help.
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