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Remote Working – Work and Leisure
At the moment, we – like many other people – are working from home instead of from our typical office spaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and restrictions that have been placed into effect because of it.

 

Working from home comes with its own set of challenges and advantages; some are harder to see than others. In third part of this series on working from home, we’re sharing some tips on maintaining the work/life split that we’ve found useful for us. They might seem like common sense, but sometimes it’s easy to lose track of the straightforward, simple things.

 

 

Dress for Work

While it may be tempting to work in your pyjamas or very causal clothes, dressing as you normally do if you’re going to work can be a good way to keep the routine going and get you ready for a normal workday. Scheduling video chats with Zoom or Skype instead of phone calls with colleagues or clients can also help with motivation to keep yourself looking the part.

 

Keep to a Schedule

Timed breaks and a workday that has a set beginning and end is a good way to keep your work separate from your leisure time. While it may seem like a good idea to work an hour over here and there or work through your lunch, taking a break can help you to refocus; you might find that you perform better in the long run. Taking a short walk before you begin and after you finish your workday can also help you to separate work time from leisure time, as a kind of “simulated commute”.

 

Managing Distractions

TV, internet, kids, pets… There’s a long list of things that can distract you and make you less productive. Do the best that you can to minimise distractions; if it’s not possible (i.e. with children,) try to deal with the problem as quickly as possible, and take a short break if you need to. Restrict leisure activities such as TV, internet browsing, chatting and social media to break times. The Do Not Disturb function in Windows 10 and on your phone can be very useful! There are several apps that can help you to focus, such as Cold Turkey Blocker which can help you lock yourself out of specific apps or websites if you find your self control waning! Music can also help you work, and Brain.fm (mobile app and website) have a selection of soundtracks that are designed to help you focus. Your mileage may vary; some people find music distracting. There are many apps out there for focus, though, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find something that works for you.

 

Make Space

Making a set workspace and keeping it organised and tidy is essential to maintaining focus while working. Keep necessary items nearby so you don’t have to search around for them. Try to separate your working space from your leisure space if at all possible; if this isn’t possible, try different using furniture or desk (or even desktop) configurations for working and leisure time.

 

Share your Successes

If you work as part of a team, it can be a little disheartening not to have people around when something goes well or something is achieved, however small. Have a group chat or similar way of contacting your colleagues (or even friends, or your partner) and share your successes. Seeing other succeed and receiving congratulations from them on your own successes can help boost morale while you’re working from home.

 

We hope you and your team are still managing to stay productive during lockdown. It’s important to recognise that some people may not be able to accomplish as much as they can during a regular office workday while working from home, while others may find that having the option to work in a more relaxed environment helps them to focus. It’s all down to the individual – Stay supportive of one another!

 

Please note, this post is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or a healthcare professional.

 

Need help with hardware or software to help keep your team organised and productive while working remotely? We can help! Give us a call on 0121 312 1500 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk
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