How to survive working from home
During what is arguably the largest culture shift since the last World War, our marketing lead, Jess, posted a list of her Top 10 Tips to get though working from home (WFH) on her personal Facebook this week. Having a 100% remote workforce can have unusual benefits in a time of crisis and after seeing the posts response on a personal level, we thought it would be good to share wider into the business community.
Here’s what she wrote:
“As most of you know, I work from home every day, but I know that to most people this lifestyle is somewhat terrifying, isolating, extremely lonely and hugely tough on your self-motivation to do stuff and not chill in your jammies watching Netflix all day… so, here’s a quick rundown of tips to make the WFH lifestyle work for you, your family and the company you work for:
- Make an area of the home – whether it’s the dining table or a dressing table in the box room – your workspace. This area is your space to do work. When you are not in this space, you are not at work. When you are in this space, you are at work. Got it?
- Give yourself a solid start time, break times and end time – move into and away from the workspace to coincide with these times. If needed, schedule these into a diary along with a daily to-do list – that keeps you in check.
- Make your spouse, kids (who are old enough to understand) and other family members aware that when you are at that “work station”, you are at work. They should not distract or interrupt you in this space unless it’s an emergency. Be kind about setting these boundaries but set them nonetheless.
- Spouses: Do not expect the person WFH to have done the housework or the cooking or the bins whilst inside their “work” time. In fact, just don’t expect anything – be a cool person and just accept that times are a changing and life is tough to navigate right now. WFH, when you aren’t accustomed to it, is hella tough so help the person out if you are not WFH yourself.
- Use your breaks/lunch to get some fresh air – if you’re allowed, leave the house for a walk, or just go into your garden. If you don’t have a garden, open the window and breathe in the fresh air over a tea/coffee. Not when it’s raining though, that could get the sills wet…
- Have the radio on. Better yet, stream music (eliminates the depressing bits of current news). If you can’t concentrate with background noise at all, put earplugs in to dull out household noises.
- Some people swear by getting dressed and doing a full face of make-up etc. Not for me unless I have video calls booked in, but give it a go as if this is your usual routine, it will help to make the transition more palatable.
- Keep connected to your colleagues, or if you work solo, keep connected to other people. Stay away from scaremongering, particularly depressing threads on social, and limit your news intake.
- In the time you’re trapped at home and NOT in your workspace, consider trying something new to keep yourself and your children entertained. Limit telly time and work out new things to do. The internet has infinite possibilities to learn new things and keep active – try a few out and make it a goal to do so.
- Enjoy this momentary freedom whilst it lasts. For me this is my life and it has been for years, I may only leave the house (aside from dog walking) once a week – it IS socially isolating, it IS lonely, it IS sometimes super hard. Support others to break the silence and most importantly, keep calm and carry on 💪
There are WAY more important things to survive than working from home right now so here is the crib sheet for your new lifestyle. I hope these help at least one person! Stay happy and healthy guys 😊
If you are new to working from home and are finding the transition tough, remember that you are not alone. Only by working together and sharing support will we get through all that life can throw at us.
If you’re a business owner and you’ve realised that your existing comms system or remote tech stocks aren’t up to scratch – don’t panic. Contact us today and we’ll help you, as fast as possible, implement a new, better solution.