Right now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home than ever before. Whilst thas a range of benefits, from helping keep each other safe during this difficult time to being able to stay in your pajamas all day – it also changes how you approach your work. As a result, you may be finding it harder to focus and complete your tasks on time. Similarly, you may have noticed a dip in the quality of work you produce.
With that in mind, here are 3 things you can do to make working from home easier!
Invest in technology
Technology is constantly evolving, meaning we now have a whole world of technology sitting right at our fingertips that we can now take advantage of. As a result, you can make working from home easier by getting your hands on some work-friendly gadgets (at an affordable price). This could include:Bluetooth speakers/keyboard
- A webcam/microphone – perfect for improving the quality of your zoom meetings.
- A second monitor for your PC/Laptop. This makes it easier to manage your tasks.
- Noise-canceling headphones – to block out distractions.
- A portable hard drive
The above list is by no means exhaustive but is a clear example of how technology has evolved to allow us to work more efficiently – both inside and outside of the office. For example, the technology that we once considered cutting edge, such as these fun tech items from the 90s are no longer part of our everyday lives. This is probably for a good reason, as download and internet speeds were once unbearable!
Don’t skip the ‘commute’.
Although wearisome and sometimes overcrowded, your commute to work actually helps you get into the right mindset for the day ahead, and can help brush of some your sleepiness from the morning.
When working from home, you might choose to spend this extra time in bed, catching up on any missed sleep and getting up just a short amount of time before you are due to start work. As a result, you will likely be less alert when you sit behind your desk and your work could suffer as a consequence. Therefore, to maintain some kind of routine, you should take a short walk before you begin work. This allows you to spend some time outdoors and prepares you for the day ahead.
Take a break
When working from home, you may find yourself working longer hours than you are used to. This is due to the fact that you are constantly battling distractions, or perhaps you feel as though you simply aren’t working as hard. However, it is important that you give yourself a break when you need it. Don’t eat your lunch at your desk. Go for a walk or spend some time doing something you love – be that reading a book or making music. Taking a break will allow you to release any feelings of stress and tension, and mean you will return to work with a clearer mind.