Giving Structure to Your Day While Working from Home

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way that most of us are working. No matter what country you’re based in, what profession you’re a part of, or what field you specialise in, chances are you’re in a similar situation to most of the rest of the world. We’re being encouraged to stay home at all costs, which means many of us who are able to work from home
are working from home. Now, this is pretty unfamiliar territory for many of us. We’re used to working in offices with colleagues. Commuting to work for 9am. Attending meetings. Collaborating with others on a face to face basis. Hitting deadlines. Then commuting home and fitting in cooking, family time, perhaps the gym and then getting to sleep to prepare for the next day ahead. But while we’re working from home, this routine has gone out of the window and many of us have been left feeling lost. But don’t worry. There are various ways to give structure to your working day. Here are a few steps you can take to achieve this!

 

Don’t Overwork

It’s easy to overwork when you’re working from home, popping back to your projects in the evenings when you wouldn’t think twice about them in the evenings during usual life. Instead, make sure to close your laptop and finish your day at finishing time as you usually would. You may feel there’s not much to do with your free time, but do something else instead. Do a home workout with Total Gym equipment, bake a cake, read a book, watch a film… this is your free time, so make the most of it.

 

Get Up Early

Sure, you can set your alarm for fifteen minutes before you’re due to log on to your work system and get started straight out of bed. But it’s much better to still treat your work with the same professionalism and start the day as you would in an office. Set your alarm early enough to shower, get ready and have some breakfast before you’re due to start working. You’ll feel much more awake, alert and productive – and will consequently be much more ready for the work day ahead.

 

Schedule Your Breaks

When you work from home, one of the perks is that you can be more flexible with your breaks. But at the same time, you may find yourself taking your breaks in a different way to how you would in-office. Rather than having an hour lunch, you might decide to have six ten minute breaks. This isn’t really too productive. Instead, still try to make sure you schedule your break as you would at work. Sure, sneak in a little extra coffee break here and there if you like. But in terms of actually taking your allocated time away from your screen, it’s much better to take a full lunch and actually eat your lunch than to periodically disappear from your work regularly throughout the day.

Hopefully, this advice will help you to better organise your working day while you’re operating remotely!

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