Working from home? For those of us lucky enough to be safe at home it may be the first time we have experienced working from home for long periods of time. Whether you’re on your own, with the buzz of children or a partner you’ve never had the joy of working with before, we are all adapting to new environments. We’ve taken inspiration from our show homes and have asked colleagues for some tips to help you have a better working from home life (not a single one involves make-up or Doraemon).
1. Create Your Work Space
Working from home is about creating a personalised workspace that will make you feel happy and help enhance your productivity. Set yourself up in a good position, find a space in your home where you’re able to work comfortably, a quiet study room can help you to increases work productivity, and you can focus on your work without any distractions.
2. Bring the Outdoors In
We are not made to sit indoors all day; the sky, trees, wind, and other outdoor elements can give us a calm and refreshing feeling. Views of greenery or skylights that let in more natural lights replicate an outdoor environment that helps you focus more and also helps to power up your creativity. Time to grab your devices, step out into the safety of your courtyard or garden; the green scents and fresh air will surely help change your day.
Of course, not everyone has a courtyard; you can try other simple ways to bring the outdoors in, like:
- Adding colours that reflect nature in your room. Use neutral colour tones like greens, whites, blues or yellow which reminds us of grass, water, sky and flowers.
- Use decor that have elements which reflects nature. Decorate your work desk with a stone, flowers or seashells. You could also try adding photos or paintings that have these elements if you don’t have real materials in hand.
- Open your windows and breathe in the fresh air. Turning your air conditioning off occasionally and letting the fresh air and natural light in, can help make us feel calmer and at peace.
3. Take a Break
Research has shown that taking short breaks can increase productivity and creativity levels. Quick breaks like savouring a cold drink (maybe you can try making Dalgona coffee that’s trending on social media), Zoom calls with your family and friends, cuddle with your pets or take a power nap are great ideas to help refresh your thinking and helps you to refocus on your work.
We all have different interests or habits, the points is not what we should do but doing whatever that’s necessary that can help get us in the right mindset.
4. Log Off!
As there is no standard clock in and clock out time available to our workday; it would be best to set a boundary. Working from home doesn’t mean we have to be logged in 24/7 just because we can work anytime.
Keep your colleagues / business partners informed of your schedule and how you get in touch. We all need a work-life balance no matter where we are working.
Start applying this to your life.
Perhaps not all tips can be applied or are useful to you, just pick 2 or 3 that you feel could make your day more productive while still being comfortable and fun.