This blog highlights tips that you can utilise to thrive and remain productive while working at home, starting from your surroundings, to mental wellbeing and useful productivity tips.

Step 1: Set up your work space

There’s a saying that the environment we create is a reflection of our state of mind, does your work space reflect this?

You want your workspace to reflect organisation and focus but still be comfortable, here are the main factors you should consider when setting up your work space:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Light, air and noise
  • Define your space: Separate from family/pets just while working and let them know if you have meetings so they don’t walk in when you’re on an important call.
  • Keep your space clean and tidy

Step 2: Work securely

Lock your computer when you walk away from it, the last thing you want is to go make a cup of tea and come back to notice your dogs keystroked your laptop and deleted your past hours work. As unlikely as it sounds, don’t chance it.

Also, keep your devices in a safe place, out of sight of anyone who might be passing your window or work space. This is important if your home can be accessed by anyone you don’t know well.

Step 3: Maintain a healthy routine

Your employers can’t force you to have a healthy lifestyle, that’s your own choice. Below are a few healthy habits you can infuse into your workday that can increase productivity and boost your mood by reducing stress.

  • Stick to realistic hours,
  • Quality sleep – Studies reveal those who sleep for 7-8 hours are more likely to be productive. Poor sleep habits can have a significant negative impact on work performance.
  • Fuel your brain with healthy food and keep a glass of water on your desk at all times. Stick to regular eating times with meals, not snacks as they can leave you hungry as they aren’t the healthiest way to eat.
  • Take regular short breaks making sure you get out of your chair. Also, take a real lunch break of 20-30 minutes minimum.
  • Physical activity – 30 minutes minimum a day is recommended and is one of the best ways to improve physical and mental performance.

Step 4: Mental wellbeing

Everyone has different things that make them feel happy, here are a few actions you can implement into your daily routine that can help mental wellbeing:

  • Fresh air
  • Physical activity – As mentioned in the previous step, exercise improves mental performance by promoting proper brain function. It doesn’t have to be strenuous – a simple walk, or following a yoga/meditation video online can be your chosen exercise.
  • Talking to someone, family, friend, or a health professional so you don’t feel alone.

Step 5: Get Organised

Keeping your tasks in proper order gives you that sense of control that increases productivity.

Here are some organisation tips to help you achieve daily goals and tasks

  • It helps to plan out what you’re working on ahead of time by making a list of sensible tasks for the day so that you can get started.
  • Keep three lists of three, the first list has three things you will do today. The second is three things you’d like to get done, but aren’t essential. The third is three things that need to be done at some point.