Over the last year a lot more people are working from home and of course, there are people who have already been doing that for other reasons. Although people might be going back into the office soon, it is also thought that companies might extend the work from home idea or make it a part time thing. Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and people are still being really cautious.
If you are working from home now it’s important that you have somewhere that you feel comfortable enough to do your job and that you have everything you need. Creating a good work environment at home is a must and here are some ideas for how to do that:
Get off the sofa
Although it might be tempting, working from home and sitting on the sofa to do so isn’t ideal and it’s not something you would be able to do if you were in the office. You don’t have to have a fancy desk or office space at home and instead, you could set yourself up on the dining table if you have no other options. Being able to sit up straight at a laptop or computer will stop you slouching on the couch and getting too comfortable and forgetting that you’re supposed to be working.
Take regular breaks
When working from home it can be easy to forget to take breaks. Not only do you get comfortable in your own home but it’s easy to get carried away when you don’t really need to go anywhere at lunch time. You might have been used to eating in a canteen or nipping to a local sandwich shop to get lunch when you were going out to work and you just don’t get to do this at home. Make sure to leave your work area, make some food for lunch and eat it somewhere else in the house. You could even make sure you get out and go for a walk on your lunch break instead for a real break away from work.
If you’re used to working in an office you’re probably used to there being a lot of lights, whether they’re good or not. This means that the room you have been used to working in has very different lighting than you might have at home. Of course, you can’t be expected to change the lights in your house but there are things that you can do to help. You could try to work near a window so that you have lots of natural light. If that’s not an option you could invest in a SAD lamp which will not only make a room lighter and brighter but it can also help to lift your mood.
When you work from home it means that you’re never really very far away from the kitchen and it can be easy to reach for the snacks. Make sure you stock your kitchen with lots of fruit and any other healthy snacks you might like. Keep some near where you work and you will be less tempted to search for chocolate or crisps during the work day.
Chat to colleagues
One of the biggest differences when working from home is isolation. You might be used to working with others in an office or maybe you’re used to serving customers. If these things are no longer happening then it’s a massive change and it can be really easy to get lonely quickly. Be sure to check in with colleagues if possible or talk to other family members during the day if they’re at home too.