In the current situation, many people are working from home. To some this will be the first time and adjusting to a new way of working isn't necessarily as easy as you might think.
Here at Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd we've got together with our colleagues at The Guild of Property Professionals to put together some tips on how best to work in what is normally a place of relaxation.
From creating the right environment to even dressing for work, yes, don't break such habits or routines.
Create a dedicated workspace
It is important for your routine and productivity to have a dedicated space to work in. Working from your bed or the sofa might seem tempting, but you are likely to be less productive in the space you associate with relaxing.
A home office is perfect if you have one, but any consistent area with a table and chair will help you associate a home space with work. Have the right equipment and technology all set up and organised to help you remain focused. Try to find somewhere with lots of natural light, as this sends signals to your brain to help you feel positive and awake.
Finally, if you can, close the door to eliminate distractions or have a rule with family to ensure you are left to concentrate when necessary.
Dress for work
To help you get in the right mindset, you’ll want to dress for the part. Wearing your pyjamas all day might seem appealing but taking the time to get dressed properly is not only better for your productivity, but your mental health too.
Structure your day
Implementing routine simplifies your day and makes it easier to keep yourself organised. You could start your day with checking your emails and creating a daily to do list while having your morning coffee. Consistency will make it easier to get into the flow of work.
Learn to communicate effectively
There are lots of different mediums to communicate and send information to people, such as instant messaging, emails, phone calls, video calls and more.
Learn to use each medium practically for what you need to achieve. Video chats are useful for meetings, while instant messaging is more useful for a quick question or update. Figure out which mediums are most practical for what you need to achieve and for the people you are communicating with.
Remember, working from home can feel isolating at times, so a quick video chat or phone call can make all the difference.
Breaks are vital to create a distinction between work and personal time. Just like working in an office, allow yourself a proper lunch break so you can walk away from your work area and have some time for yourself. Having a break will clear your mind, allowing you to get back to work with a fresh perspective and more energy.
Limit your work hours and stick to them
Working from home can mean your work can creep into your personal life, which can be detrimental to your productivity and psychological health. You are more likely to stay motivated when you set yourself work hours and stick to them. Create a mini routine for the end of the day, such as having a call with your manager or employees, to set a cut-off time.