Working from home has become the only option for a lot of people in the current climate. With employees from all different areas such as administration staff, digital teams and customer service roles working remotely. Here at Fovitec we know this all too well and have some top tips to get you started:
1. Create your working area.
Set up an area and call it your “Home Office” this will be a dedicated space where you can really focus on the task in hand. Working from your bed may not be as good an idea as it sounds as you’ll be tempted to sleep, relax too much and generally become distracted. Working in your living room in front of your TV may not be a great idea either because you’ll be tempted to watch it and get too involved with daytime TV! Getting distracted whilst working from home is one of the biggest downfalls, that’s not to say all distractions are bad. We all need some downtime but keeping a focus on your work will dictate how the rest the day pans out.
2. Dress for the job.
The prospect of working in pyjamas or your underpants is appealing to just about everybody, but there can be a psychological benefit to dressing for your job. I’m not saying you need to dress up and wear a full suit and tie every day, but it pays to take the time to get dressed professionally, this will really help your mind get into “work mode” and avoid the temptation of staying in your pjs. Also, it will look at lot better when it comes to conferencing with your boss or clients on Skype, Zoom or a similar video-conferencing platform.
3. Forms of communication.
There is an abundance of ways to communicate while working from home, such as phone calls, emails, text messages, and video chats are available to nearly everyone. You probably have a strong preference for one of those methods. That being said, in order to function efficiently, you may need to learn several of these mediums and how to use them most effectively. For example, there are times when a phone call would be a waste, but an email would work perfectly. There might also be sometimes when instant messages have no advantage over a video chat. Your work might have a platform such as Slack or a company WhatsApp group. Just make sure you use each medium wisely and be open to different forms of communication because not all co-workers will use the same platforms.
4. Setting work hours and stick to them.
Be strict with yourself and set the start of your day and the end of your day at very specific times and try to adhere to those times. As a rule of thumb, you should stick to your contracted hours at the office as this will help you keep your routine. It’s not just about making sure you work a certain number of hours–it’s about maximizing the time you do have. Starting at 8 o’clock sharp will give you a specific start point, rather than a period of procrastination and distraction from starting at random times each day. Making sure you try and finish at the same time every day is also key to creating a healthy working environment at home. Working from home can cause your personal life and work-life to blend into each other, that is why it’s important to draw a line between them for your mental health and wellbeing.
5. Get yourself a task list
Creating a task list for the days you work from home can really help you stay focused on the task In hand and also give you a measurable indication of how well you’re performing in a work-from-home environment. Let’s face it, if you’re not a seasoned veteran when it comes to working from home, then it can be quite easy to just say, “I’ll get that shelf up” that your partners been telling you to do for months or, quickly mow the lawn. Instead, create “task lists” and organize them by priority, specifying which tasks must be done by the end of the day. Organise your work tasks digitally using a plethora of free apps like Google Tasks for IOS or Andriod or if your team has it Microsoft Teams or Monday.com is great. This is something we use at Fovitec to help teams stay on top of things. It’s also important to look back at your list and review all the items you were able to complete. This will give you an overview of what you have achieved that day and if you need to change anything.
6. Taking breaks
Taking a moment to rest is just as important at home as it is in the office. It’s another advantage to having a designated work area in your home, not everyone has a separate room for your office but when it’s time for a break you should leave that area and relax in the kitchen, living room or even your garden for a while. Taking a break clears your mind, rests your eyes and gives you a refreshed perspective. Separating “work time” and “break time” when working from home is key when trying to create a heathy work life/home life balance.
So, that’s our advice for creating a good working environment at home, the team here at Fovitec would love to hear if you have any tips or tricks that you use when working from home? Maybe you do things differently? Maybe as a photographer you have you got a large stack of photos from a job you need edit? Where do you do that? We would love to know how you’re getting on, so why not leave us a comment in the box below and we will get back you.
Stay safe and productive!