Working from home? Why you should avoid doing it in bed – and other tips and tricks to help keep you motivated
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. In order to slow the spread of the virus and keep as many people as healthy as possible, many employers have requested that their staff work from home rather than working in commercial premises like offices. This, of course, is a logical move to make. Being able to work from home doesn’t only mean that you reduce your chances of spreading or contracting Covid-19 from your coworkers and others who may also usually spend time in the commercial premises you work in. It also means that you don’t have to come into contact with other people on public transport, in stores where you get your food on your lunch break or other interactions you may have to make as a result of working in a set location. However, when you work from home, you should follow a few important steps to ensure that you remain productive and still hit your deadlines, KPIs and targets. Here are a few to take into consideration!
Don’t Work from Bed
We tend to love our beds. They’re comfortable spaces that we enjoy spending time in. But it’s absolutely essential that you don’t work from bed when you’re working remotely. When you work from home, it’s important that you can easily divide your work and home life – otherwise the two become confused and both aspects of your life can suffer from it. You should associate different areas of your home with different activities to put yourself in the right frame of mind when you spend time in them. You should associate your bedroom with relaxation, sleep and winding down. If you start working from your bed, chances are you’re not going to be as proactive with whatever you’re working on and you could even find yourself nodding off to sleep, which could get you in trouble! It could also mean that you begin to associate your bed with work rather than sleep – which could cause you problems when trying to sleep at night. Avoiding working from your bed will help you to get better sleep at night.
Create a Dedicated Work Space
So, if you shouldn’t work from your bed, where should you work from? Well, you need to create a dedicated workspace. This should be a space where you have plenty of natural light (this helps to keep you awake and alert), where you have a desk or table you can sit upright at (this will be better for your posture and can reduce aches and pains) and you should have a comfortable seat to sit on. This space should also be as private and quiet as possible to prevent other members of your household from distracting you.
Keep a Schedule
Sure, you could set your alarm for ten minutes before you need to log in to work and log in on the dot. But this doesn’t mean you should. Keep a schedule and give yourself time to still get ready before work in the mornings.
Working from home is a relatively novel experience for many of us and may take some settling into. But hopefully, some of the above advice will help to make working from home as simple and effective for you as possible!