Dos and Don'ts for working at home
- Stick to a routine; start your day as you would if you were going into the office, having breakfast/coffee and ensuring you take your normal lunch break hour away from your desk.
- Take regular breaks; Stand up, stretch, move around and even go for a short walk to take a break from your work and your screen. It might be a good idea to set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and move
- Make sure you have a good working area that is clutter free
- Plan your day and assign goals or a to do list
- Work your normal hours, as you can, childcare permitting
- Stay active; there’s lots of free online videos for workouts/yoga/stretching to do at home
- Communication is key; Use Microsoft teams, Skype and/or other accounts to keep in touch with managers and regular check in with your co-workers. Self isolation can be tough so it is important to keep checking in on one another in these uncertain times
- Meet with your team members on a regular basis via video call or telephone
- Use this time to have a clean-up or sort out of work stuff whether its filing or cleaning out your inbox, sorting documents, get that admin you have been putting off done etc.
- Have headphones available if you have external noise in the house when making conference or video calls.
- Before the end of the day – communicate with your colleagues. Is there anything else you can do? Is there anything they need? Finish off and write yourself some goals and lists for the next day
- Relax. Log out, pack up - whatever you need to do to finish for the day. Leave no trace of work that will tempt you to return. Now take a deep breath and enjoy your evening!
- Get too distracted with social media. A quick scroll on Twitter or Instagram can turn into an hour here and there, so avoid temptation!
- Be tempted to stay in your pyjamas all day. While there’s no need to wear a suit, keep a happy medium for getting dressed in the morning to ensure you feel productive and fresh for the day
- Skip meals; make sure you are eating regularly and keeping a balanced diet, which will help you maintain a healthy body and mind
- Sit in bed or on a sofa to work. It can make you feel more tired and less productive
- Don't deviate too much from routine
- Stay at your desk while having a break
A reminder to all that although this is a lot of change right now, this period will end and, in the meantime, look after each other, stay safe and follow the Government and World Health Organisation advice.