Many of us are new to homeworking and we wanted to share some tips on making the most of your home spaces to adjust to a flexible working life away from the office without it taking over your home.
Define your workspace
A great way to ensure you separate work from home life is to set up a dedicated workspace.
Whether you take advantage of a dedicated IT zone or choose to convert a spare bedroom or living area into your home office, it is important this space has everything you need to make the most of your working day.
A comfortable chair and desk will help, ensuring you have all the back support you need. Make it a space where you want to work, keep it tidy, make sure there is plenty of natural light and adding plants would be beneficial.
Set a routine
Working from home means no lengthy commute for many of us. While it might be tempting to use this as an excuse to stay in bed a little longer, why not use the time you would spend commuting to set up your day?
Wake up at the same time you would usually, go for a walk or do some exercise or even spend time with the family over a healthy breakfast to ensure you are ready for the working day ahead. This will help clear the mind and maintain a clear work life balance.
Take a break
The temptation of working from home is to carry on and work long hours beyond your usual finish time. Maintaining ‘office hours’ is extremely important, so set a schedule which includes a lunch break, as well as regular breaks throughout the day to ensure you do your best work.
During your lunch break, get outside if you can and completely switch off from your work. All Stewart Milne Homes come with a private, fully turfed garden area, which is perfect enjoying some fresh air.
If you are working in front of a computer screen remember the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from your computer screen for 20 seconds at something 20 metres away, because your eyes need a break too.
The hardest part about working from home is completely switching off at the end of your day it's essential to implement positive working practices. When the working day ends, switch your laptop off, turn off your emails on your phone and close the door to your office space.
Make sure you enjoy your evenings and do all the activities you would do if you were working in the office. Whether that’s enjoying a family mealtime in our open plan kitchen dining spaces or putting on your favourite TV series, make sure you make the time to relax.
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