Yeah we know, that headline doesn’t look right sitting on a Slumber Party blog. With most of us working from home at the moment, it looks like this “new normal” is here to stay.
Working from home can be like a double-edged sword. Yes, you can (hopefully) sneak in a longer sleep, there’s less rushing or being stuck in morning rush hour traffic and you can even save some cash by making your lunch at home. But, from experience, there can be a lot of distractions at home and it’s easy to fall into a bad rhythm, so here are some top tips from our team to make sure that you get that work done on time!
KEEPING UP THE MORNING RHYTHM
Like we said, working from home can mean a little extra lay in because you don’t need to beat the traffic, however, it’s important to still keep to a morning rhythm. Whatever your usual morning routine was before, stick to it. If you want to indulge, set the morning alarm for 10 minutes later than usual, but make sure you still get up earlier than you start work and keep to that routine.
Whether it’s a morning workout, reading the paper/book or even just spending 10 minutes to get yourself ready for the day, make sure you stick to it!
Just rolling out of bed 5 minutes before you’re meant to start and heading downstairs in your PJs, means you’ll probably have a sluggish and unproductive day.
Now you’ve woken up like normal, it’s best to stick to this during work hours. Make sure that your structure and schedule during the day would match that of what you would be doing at the office.
It could be that you check your emails once every hour, only make calls after lunch, or stick to a proven method of working. Whatever it is, make sure you stick to it!
Create A Comfortable Working Space
If you’re fortunate enough to have a study room or a desk in which to work from you’ll probably be able to act as normal. If not, then you’ll have to do your best with that you’ve got. Our advice would be to not just lay on the sofa with your laptop on a coffee table or to one side. Try to set up a mini-office where you can.
For example, why not sit on the floor and use that coffee table as your own desk. Or, if you have a dining room, using that table
Keep The TV and Gaming Console Off
Trust us, we know the temptation to have Netflix on in the background when working, but as you can guess it can be a major distraction. That’s not to say that you have to sit there in silence, but if you were at work with YouTube or Netflix on in the background we’re sure your boss would not approve!
Why not put on a podcast, Spotify or the radio so you do have some background music to work to.
Just like you would at work, make sure you take breaks. In fact, working from home means you probably want to take lots of smaller breaks to keep your mind fresh. Less communication with people can be a downer, so if you can jump on a quick call with friends or family.
Go Out For Walks
Depending on the lockdown/Coronavirus rules and regulations where you live, we advise that getting some fresh air during the day will work wonders. Working from the same place that you live in means that you’ll be staring at the same 4 walls all day every day, that can get a bit boring. Keep your mind alive with the outside, get some fresh air and enjoy the outside.
Finally, something which is important to not just your work life but most importantly your personal life and mental well being. Staying positive during this pandemic might seem hard, but it’s essential if you are working from home. Idle hands and minds can play tricks on you. Keep yourself positive through whatever methods work for you, it could be that morning workout, a midday Yoga session, or staying in touch with friends and family. Remember that this will be over at some point, and you can get yourself back out to Slumber Party for those unforgettable moments!
We hope that our tips are useful, let us know in the comments what you guys do to keep yourself organised, busy and mentally positive when working from home.