Top tips when working from home
Create a Routine
Eat meals at the same time every day. Start work and stop at the same time (pending emergencies).
By setting a schedule, you can estimate how long things will take and make room for things like meetings, calls, and breaks.
We would all like to get out of bed and work in your PJs all day but getting dressed adds an element to you routune every morning.
clothes give you a designated “I’m at work” mindset, but it can help you be more productive
Create a ‘Work’ Space
Its so easy to work from the kitchen table or sat on the sofa but you will be most productive in a designated work space.
This also signals to your family that you are working and not to be disturbed.
Find the Right Ambiance
It can be very quiet if you are at home alone so try and replicate background ambiance by having the Radio or TV on in the background, playing music or even online videos with people talking
Close you Social Media
"let me just have 5minutes on Facebook" - you know what will happen, 30 minutes later and you are ingrossed in a friends post.
Keep social media to break times only and turn off any notifications
Go for a walk
Don't stay in the house all day. Have a break, sit in the garden, go for a short walk.
Changing your location can inspire new ideas.
Take your Lunch break
just like you would in the office have a healthy lunch at the usual time. Breaks from your computer can help you be more productive in the afternoon.
Working from home is tough but if you are also home schooling then it is very tough. So, if you must combine the two for a long period of time, how are you going to cope?
You are going to have to plan well, get organised and work to a strict timetable if you want to get everything done. Equally, you’ll need to have a proper split between work, school, fun and rest.
Start early at the same time each day
Routine is important for good sleep and mental health, for both you and your kids. School starts at a set time, so make sure you are ready and stick to the timetable.
Get dressed properly like teacher and student
Getting showered and dressed is important to divide sleep and school.
Create spaces for different activites
You might set up a teaching room (kitchen), quiet room (spare bedroom) and a play area (living room)
Structure your day like a school day
Teaching time, activity time, play time and lunch time – just like their normal school routine
Make a plan with your kids
At the start of the day ask them what they want to do (within reason) so they feel involved
Set aside breaks for TV, iPads and exercise
Use these times to schedule work emails or calls
Finish at a set time, Bedtime at a set time
By getting a routine drilled in early on, you can try and get the kids to sleep at a sensible time, thereby giving yourself some space to work if you need to
Don't be tempted to hit the wine:
If you can, evening time will be the only real time you can realistically work. If you drink your concentration will be poor, sleep poor and you’ll wake in a grumpy mood. Try and keep drinking to a minimum.