Way before the Coronavirus outbreak seized the headlines, there was already a significant movement of people working from home.
At Duncan Yeardley we’ve increasingly seen over the past few years home buyers wanting spaces within their dream properties that they can work in.
Many employers, large and small, are now actively encouraging their staff to work from home to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in the foreseeable future.
Of course, not everyone has the option to work from home, but those that do can benefit from our seven tips below.
1) Set a routine. Working set hours will give you structure and set work boundaries.
2) Act as if. How would you dress for work? Not in your pyjamas or nightgown we’re guessing. So, act as if you are going to the office even if you are working from home.
3) Choose a spot. Having a dedicated work area at home helps you get organised and be more productive. Whether it’s the kitchen or dining table or a desk, choose a spot and call that your workspace.
4) Avoid work creep. That’s work creep, not work creeps. This is a phrase used to describe working matters spilling over into your own time. It’s a particularly easy trap to fall into, especially when working from home, so stick to that routine you set in point 1.
5) Schedule a couple of calls. It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling isolated when working from home, so take time out to call a colleague rather than email. This will help you maintain a sense of human connection, which is something we all need to a degree.
6) Diarise distractions. Working from home conjures up many more distractions than the office or usual workplace. Kids, pets, the doorbell, the sofa and TV! Be realistic and build space into your working day to allow time for those distractions.
7) Yes, the advice may well be to work from home and avoid places where large numbers of people are congregating. But it’s important for your mental health to get outdoors in the fresh air, even if it’s a walk around the block.
It’s very much business as usual here at Duncan Yeardley, but we are taking the NHS advice on steps we can all take to keep ourselves, our clients and our community safe and healthy.
We’d love to hear your working from home tips so please do share with us and our followers on social media.