• Emma Wylie

Working from Home

In the current health crisis many of us, that can, will be working from home. Maybe for the first time? I'm lucky enough to have my workshop at home already so I don't have to change my behaviour too much, but does take some adjusting to. So I thought I'd share some of my tips for creating a workspace and staying sane when working by yourself.

  • Set up a dedicated working space...

Setting up a dedicated workspace will help you to create boundaries. For me it's important to get into a certain headspace to be able to work. Having a space that is solely dedicated to this really helps! If you have the space, set up somewhere that you won't be distracted by chores or other people in the house. I know this won't be possible for everybody, but try to carve out a little bit of space for yourself if you can. Even just the act of setting up a desk can make a massive difference!

  • Natural Light...

Think about this when you're setting up your space. A bit of natural light really helps when you're spending most of your day indoors. If possible pick a spot near to a window, that way you can also open it to get some fresh air!

  • Get a plant...

A bit of greenery is great for your mental health! Having an indoor plant close by is proven to: improve your mood, reduce stress levels, increase productivity, reduce blood pressure as well as reducing fatigue and headaches. And it helps make your space look great!

  • Take regular breaks...

I'm a chain tea drinker, so I don't need to be told this twice! But if you're not like me and you're not getting up to make a cup of tea every 5 seconds, then make sure you at least get up to stretch your legs every now and then. We all know that feeling of frustration and lethargy that can kick in half way through the day and sometimes all it takes is a quick 5 minutes break to reset and get back to work. So get up, make a drink, have a dance, play with the dog, whatever it takes to clear your head!

  • Get outside...

This might not be possible for everyone at this time, but in the UK at least you can still go out for a walk as long as you're following the health advice and keeping a safe distance from anyone else. Getting out for a walk at least once a day really helps when I'm working from home. It can be very easy to go for a day without leaving the house when you're working at home, and I can't stress enough how important it is for your physical and mental health to get some fresh air and sunshine! Even if it's just a walk around the block or some time out in the garden.

  • Stay in touch...

Keep in touch with work colleagues or friends and family throughout the day. Social distancing doesn't have to be isolating. You can keep in touch by phone, video or even just social media. We need a bit of social interaction to help break up the day and keep from losing our minds. It can also help with productivity, if you're stuck on a problem pick up the phone and talk it through with someone. Even just listening to the radio or your favourite podcast while you work can improve your day. I think now more than ever we're going to be relying on these social connections to get us through the day!

  • Don't be too hard on yourself!

Don't beat yourself up if you're finding it tough. It does take some getting used to, and even those of us that are used to working from home may find the new rules isolating. Just keep doing your best and if in doubt reach out to someone!

If you have any other tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below....

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