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Now the novelty of working from home has worn off, you might have found yourself struggling to be productive without the routine of going to the office. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to help you out…
Fake your commute
We know how tempting it is to stay snuggled up in bed for that extra half an hour, especially when you don’t have to worry about getting out the door on time. However, getting some fresh air before you sit down to start your working day can be really beneficial for your mental health and productivity levels.
Whatever you do, don’t work in your bedroom
Give yourself a designated working space, such as the living room or kitchen. But whatever you do, don’t work in your bedroom. This is because your brain will end up associating it with work when you’re trying to sleep, and with sleep when you’re trying to work. Not ideal, eh?
Share your schedule
Whether you live with your family or housemates who also work from home, make sure to be clear about your schedule each day. For example, if you have a big meeting at 11AM let them know so they don’t accidentally become the background of your Zoom call. Plus, then you can plan to coordinate your breaks and catch up over a quick coffee!
Actually have a lunch break
Working from home can be weird in terms of taking a break – do you go out and get a Pret like you would in the office? Have a conversation with your cat while you’re making a cuppa? Or do you just carry on working through lunch because you feel guilty that you’ve spent the day working from the comfort of your sofa? Unlike being in the office, you have way more autonomy over how you take your breaks. However you decide to take your lunch break – make sure you actually take a break! Giving your brain a break is essential to your mental health and you’ll return feeling recharged and ready to crack on.
Be strict about office hours
Avoid replying to emails outside of your contracted hours – even if you do it once, it will then be expected of you and it’s harder to set boundaries once you’ve already crossed them. After the working day is over, we recommend logging off your laptop and turning your work phone off (if your job allows you to do so).
We wish you a happy and productive week! Get in touch with us if you’re looking for a new role that offers flexible working.
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