We all knew it was a case of when, not if.
So, were all back at home again and trying to establish a working routine. This can be a difficult task with partners, children, pets all trying to distract your happy space, and, in some cases, insufficient home office set-ups are downright dangerous for your lower back, neck and wrists.Below are some tips to help fend off procrastination and low productivity.
- Follow a structured daily routine:
- Follow your normal morning routine and “arrive” to work on time. It’s important to take your usual breaks throughout the day and to put your work away when the business day is over. You’ll reduce distractions and stress by sticking to a schedule that closely mirrors an in-office routine. To get your energy and focus levels up, try to start your day with a walk, stretch or daily meditation.
- Define your workspace:
- Set up a dedicated workspace in your home to reduce distractions and maintain work-life balance. You may have an actual home office or you’ve carved a spot in the garage. Wherever your space is, keep that area tidy and clean. How is your lighting? Try to find areas with natural light and low noise and be mindful of your surrounding for virtual meetings. Your bed may look like a tempting office space, but resist the urge to work where you sleep as the quality of both (not to mention your posture), will suffer.
The Right Tools and Equipment
Consult with your IT or HR department on the equipment, additional cables, software or hardware you will need in order to work from home, such as a laptop, monitor, mouse and headset.
A key part of maintaining your normal morning routine means being presentable. Rather than sitting at your desk in your pyjamas, dress as if you are going into work. Selecting clothing that is appropriate for the office keeps you connected to your work and helps create boundaries between time spent working and time spent relaxing at home.
Create a task list when you start your day to keep focused and prioritise the things you need to get done. Refer to your list throughout the day and cross off items as you complete them. It may help to talk through your to-do list or share your goals for the day with your supervisor or a colleague over video chat when you start the day.
Everyone responds to working from home differently. Some people will naturally overwork themselves, while others will struggle to stay on task throughout the day. This is why scheduling breaks is so important for your physical and mental health. Set a regular reminder on your phone to hold yourself accountable. Take a walk outside, play a board/card game with someone or go maul the kids.Unplug at the end of the day:
Set a time to leave the office and maintain that routine each day. Close your laptop, turn off your computer or other devices, and step away from your workspace when the day is over. Work-life balance is important to staying productive, reducing burnout, and returning to work refreshed and ready to tackle another day.
A few questions to ask yourself to improve your home/office safety, comfort and productivity…
1. Using a good chair? Height, seat and back of the chair should be able to be adjusted to achieve a good posture/support for your lower back. (Use lumber support, incredible for lower back support and improves posture).
2. Are your feet fully supported by the floor when you are seated?
3. Are you using a mouse, and is the work surface at your elbow height?
4. Is the keyboard close to the front edge of the desk allowing space for your wrist to rest on the desk surface?
5. Do you take postural breaks every 30 minutes? E.g., standing, walking.
6. Do you take regular eye breaks from looking at your monitor?
7. In the event of using a laptop computer for prolonged periods of time try to organise…
- A full-sized external keyboard and mouse.
- Docking station with full sized monitor or laptop stand.