5 tips for remote working
5 tips for remote working
The way we work is changing. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 60% of the UK’s workforce are working from home, compared to just 30% in 2019. It’s likely that in the aftermath of COVID-19, the way we work will change forever and an increasing number of employees across all industries will be encouraged to work remotely. The long-term impact of Corona Virus on the workplace is likely to be huge. With this in mind, we’ve put together our five tips for remote working.
Get ready for work
It might sound simple, but getting dressed and maintaining other normal elements of your usual daily routine can help you in terms of boosting your levels of productivity and your mental state. Jumping in the shower and getting dressed will psychologically prepare you to start work.
Whether you want to wear usual business attire or loungewear all day is entirely up to you (and something to consider if you’re going to spend the majority of the day on video calls) but staying in your pyjamas all day isn’t healthy. You won’t work well in clothes you associate with sleep and rest.
Set clear boundaries
If you’re an employee, you’re likely to have set hours of work, for example 9-5. It’s key that you stick to these hours while working remotely. Start your day at the same time you would normally arrive at the office and finish your day when you would usually leave.
It’s easy to get tempted to start later and put tasks off, telling yourself that you’ll do them in the evening. This will really throw your routine off and eat away at your ‘you’ time. It’s important that at the end of the day you switch your computer off, to establish clear boundaries between work time and ‘you’ time.
If you’re able to, it’s advised that you set up a workspace at home. Try to find somewhere that you won’t be disturbed – which is particularly important if you have kids in the house.
Get some fresh air
Try to take a break and get out of the house (following the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines). The fresh air will give your productivity levels a much-needed boost.
It really is good to talk
Pick up the phone and talk to your colleagues. Schedule weekly / daily catch ups and stick to them. Don’t hide behind email, it really is good to talk to others, even when working remotely.
As well as making sure you get your hour a day of exercise, it’s good to take breaks from your screen. Don’t let your work become monotonous. A lot of people who work from home regularly recommend the Pomodoro Technique, which is a method of time management which breaks your working day into 25 minute chunks. Each chunk is followed by a five-minute break.
We hope that you have found this ‘five tips for remote working’ article useful. If you need any help getting set up for remote working, we’re here. Contact a member of the team today.