What are the do’s and don’ts when working from home?

October 13, 2021
Working from home brings freedom and flexibility. It should also come with rules to preserve concentration as well as work-life balance. A strict routine to stick to, breaks to stay alert and avoid back pain, social interactions with colleagues to stay connected… Here are 5 do’s and don’ts to help self-motivate and ensure a successful experience.

Structure your day like you would in the office

When waking up, get ready as if you were leaving for the office. When starting working, structure your day like you would on-site. Write a to-do list, plan what tasks need to be done in priority, follow a schedule that will keep you focused. Don’t forget to include time off your screen for lunch, and breaks to reload your batteries. 

Set rules for the rest of the household

When you work from home, you’ll most likely be sharing your space with other members of your family. They need rules as much as you do to make sure you enjoy a quiet environment and can make significant progress through the day.

For example, put a sign on your door that says “busy”/“not busy”, explain that if you wear headphones it means you’re unavailable, and if you have kids, plan breaks to spend with them so they can have your full attention. 

Ensure daylight and fresh air 

At home, picking the right spot for your workspace is crucial. Install it in a room that benefits from daylight, and can easily be ventilated. Ideally under a roof window, to enjoy sunlight without its intense glare, as well as fresh air when opening it frequently. Once in a while, go outside to get both natural light and ventilation from the open air.

Don’t spend too much time on social media

You will be tempted to check your phone whenever your mind wanders. Don’t. Instead, if you need social interactions, have a chat with your colleagues. You’ll find yourself way more motivated than after a two-minute-turned-twenty scroll through social media. 

Don’t sit still all day

Stand up and move around regularly. Go outside for lunch, do some exercise in between calls, invest in a standing desk… anything that will prevent you from staying still for 8 hours straight. This will help increase concentration and productivity when working from home.

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