Many workers around the UK have packed up their desks and set up an office in their kitchens, dining rooms and spare rooms. Making the most of our time at home can be tough, especially if you’re used to working in a busy team. Our Director of On-Trade, Matt Guest has successfully worked from home for twelve years – so we’ve put together a list of his top tips for staying motivated and sane while you’re working from home.
Preparation is the key to success and self-motivation becomes easier if you’re well-rested and ready for the day. Getting a good night’s sleep should always be a priority, but it might help you to plan your next day the night before when working from home. Pick out your outfit, tidy your workstation and make sure you’ve got your to-do list written so you can start every day off on the front foot.
Establishing a routine will help you to stay on task and keep your working day structured. Try replacing your usual commute with a walk and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee when you ‘arrive’ at work. Keeping elements of your routine consistent will give you time to think before a busy day. Taking regular breaks will also help to increase productivity levels, keeping your mind focused.
Staying connected with your team can help you to keep projects on track and ideas flowing and the more information you can share, the more productive and efficient you will be. To get the most out of your meetings, use video call where you’d usually meet face to face and pick up the phone before sending an email.
Protect your ‘make time’
During the week, your productivity levels naturally fluctuate. Scheduling low-demand tasks such as goal setting, organising and planning will help you get the most out of Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday are generally our most productive days and the best time to tackle difficult problems and tiring tasks. Make Thursday and day for meetings and leave open-ended work and planning for Friday afternoons.
Additional things to think about…
- Tell someone if you’re procrastinating. It’s not always easy to keep yourself on task but talking through any issues or obstacles can help
- Have good food in the fridge. It’s hard to concentrate if you’re hungry or thinking about food!
- Get out for some fresh air first thing
- Don’t work where you relax. It’s easy to form bad habits if you’re working on the sofa with the TV on