Any tips to working from home?

Updated 5 hours ago in General
24 6 days ago

Hello All,

Please share any tips and tricks to working from home here. There are some people that could really do with your help.

Thank you 

 

Saul

 
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  1. Wake up with enough time to prep for the start of the working day – not 5 minutes before you are due to start, get some breakfast and have a drink, these things will set you up properly.
  2. Dependent on your morning routine try to make it is normal as possible, do things you would always do, have a shower, style/do your hair, put make-up on (if you normally wear make-up), wear the same or similar clothes you’d wear to the office
  3. (linking to the above) – Wear shoes – it makes you feel more like you are working in a structured environment, you wouldn’t not wear shoes in the office would you!?
  4. Make sure you have everything you need in the morning – doing this will allow you focus on the task at hand
  5. Chose a dedicated work space – make this your ‘zone’ and with a few distractions around it as possible
  6. If there are others in the house make sure they know you are working and not to disturb you
  7. Keep your work area clear – only allow work documents or paraphernalia within your work space
  8. Music – you may not normally have it on in the office but you would have a buzz around you. The TV is too much of a distraction from most people, so put on some music quietly in the background
  9. Create a mental dump zone – you’ll have lots going on in your head and you can be easily distracted, creating a mental dump zone means you can put those distractions or actions in that for later
  10. Tea and coffee – if you had a specific time in the office which you made tea and coffee then try to keep these, you could event do a virtual tea and coffee meet-up using FaceTime etc.
  11. Take a proper lunch break – we normally have lunch between 13:00 and 14:00, do the same at home, also try to make sure you know what you are having for lunch… if you don’t it’s another reason for your mind to wander.
  12. Communicate with your team – make sure you do this regularly and where possible by phone (following up any important points with an email). It can be lonely out there so basic human interaction can help this
  13. Stay active if you can in the current circumstances – a short walk at lunch, or a Joe Wicks (on Youtube) is doing a morning PE session from 9AM
6 days ago

That’s great advice, thank you. I saw a post from Clarion yesterday and it appears they’ve followed some of these rules. There were a few with cats on laptops which made me laugh.

5 days ago

Thanks for this advice. These are great tips. Maybe I need to swap the slippers for work shoes though!

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1 6 days ago

Video conferencing really is really helping – it makes you feel less isolated and helps ensure your daily routine is maintained (you actually get dressed!)

6 days ago

LOL, from the waist up! Yes – we’re using Zoom and the usual 1-2-1 more established comms like FT and Whatsapp

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1 6 days ago

And as a courtesy to others, please mute your microphone when not speaking. It eliminates background noise like my dog walking on hard wood floors. 🙂

6 days ago

That’s a good point – had the same problem earlier with background noise.

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I find making a list of things to do tomorrow just before I finish each day helps to add to the sense of daily structure.  I can start with a focused task rather than looking to see what emails came in overnight to direct my day.   A list of 5 work tasks plus 5 home jobs in addition to the  daily structure suggestions above help to add a sense of achievement each day.  Achievement is helpful for my mental well being when working at home.

5 days ago

That’s great advice. There’s mayhem out there and people have some tough tasks to cover on top of trying to find work and everything else. I’ve also noticed a massive increase in the number of emails because people aren’t working in offices and it’s an accepted way to communicate.

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Thought of the day:

When managing teams throughout the day I’ve found that using Whatsapp Voice memos are very useful. It allows you to ask/answer a question, propose and idea or give instruction but without coming across direct or cold (which often messages are). It also, maintains that human element to interaction AND is a nice personal training ground for being clear and succinct.

4 days ago

Lovely thought 🙂

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0 5 days ago

That’s a great idea – hadn’t thought of that. It’s so much better to have a conversation with people and connect through tech. WhatsApp memos can help to deliver ideas and instructions and certainly saves on typing long emails.

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https://www.linkedin.com/posts/helenharlow_togetherstrong-eventprofs-remoteworking-activity-6645692835830075392-CIy8

Hi Folks, check out my practical tips on working from home! I’ve been doing it for a long time, so have managed to form some good habits. It takes a while, so don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t quite in to a disciplined routine yet. Habits take a while to form. According to the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 66 days on average for new behaviours to form. However, in my experience, i’d recommend being stricter with yourself in general- making lists, ticking things off systematically, sticking to times, etc and these habits should form at a quicker rate! One tip that most seem to be struggling with is the snacking one right now! Step away from the fridge people! 

Stay well, Helen @ Benchmark Collective 

5 days ago

I love this video, really helpful. I’ve also used the quote you send me for the next issue of EN, thank you Helen.

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This is a process we’ve applied to the whole family:

  1. Get up and dressed
  2. Make bed and open curtains
  3. Have breakfast
  4. Clean teeth
  5. Each person to their relevant area of the house for work/school
  6. Lunch together and wander out in the back garden
  7. Back to work
  8. By 4pm we chill and start cooking
  9. Dinner together
  10. Games or chat
  11. Solo chill time
  12. Bed

At weekends we do the same routine but replace work with chill, reading, talking or playing.

With my wider team we have daily tasks to work on, and we often open up Zoom and all work on our own things but knowing the others are there if we want to ask a question etc.

Hope this helps! Keep safe! x

5 days ago

The weather lately helps too. At least the family can enjoy the sunshine (if you have a garden). Interesting idea leaving zoom on in the background. A family schedule is an excellent idea because it creates windows to work. Thanks Lee.

4 days ago

The weather has been very helpful the last 3 days as its felt like a summers day holiday. Has helped us feel more relaxed. My wife is pregnant and quite poorly still with morning sickness etc. She’s also feeling highly anxious as we lost our last baby. So with Coronavirus and the barage of news its been hard for her.

Having this routine for us all, and also limiting our news and social media, we’ve been able to create a better atmosphere for us all especially my wife 🙂

4 days ago

Sorry to hear that your wife is having a tough pregnancy. That a good point about limiting news and social media.

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3 4 days ago

We’ve worked at home for years, so our only adjustments now are having other people in our workspace. Our favourite tip we’ve seen so far is invent an imaginary work colleague to blame everything on ie ‘Bloody Carol never washes up her tea cups’

4 days ago

My imaginary colleague is Dwayne. He’s forever forgetting to turn on the dishwasher! Grrr!

4 days ago

That’s hilarious. Does it work?

3 days ago

It’s saving a couple of relationships at WM!

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1 1 day ago

Hi Saul,

You can read this post from the EventWell blog which gives some good tips 🙂

https://eventwell.org/2020/03/15/quick-tips-on-working-from-home/

Helen

5 hours ago

Hi Helen,

 

That’s a really good point about over-communicating so that people know where they are in a project. There’s an amplified number of emails, so keeping people up-to-date on where they are in tasks is not only helpful but productive.

 

Thanks for posting

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