- As tempting as it may be just to move from your bed to the couch, still in your pyjamas, don't do it! Get up, get dressed ( albeit maybe into something a little more comfortable, we've been living in leggings), do your hair...basically follow your normal morning routine as closely as you can. Starting your day off right will have a massive effect on your mood.
- Open the windows and get some fresh air inside. If you can, set up your work station next to or as close to a window as you can. Getting some natural day light helps create a more energetic environment, increases productivity and even helps you sleep better in the evening.
- Set real work hours. Of course your usual working day is going to look really different when your at home and that's ok but you still need to have some limitations on your hours. Figure out when you are most productive and start then.
- Get outside if you can. Can you sit out in the garden? Can you use your daily outside exercise to have a "walk & talk" meeting? Encourage your colleagues to do the same. Fresh air will help you feel less "cooped up at home".
- Set your to do list for the day. If you're a pro at keeping yourself motivated then that's great but many of us rely on prompts from our managers and team mates to get things done. Start the day by writing down everything you need to get done, highlight your top 3 priorities and then work from there.
- Following on from to do lists, start your day by eating the frog or as Nike say "Just Do It". Do you have a task that feels really overwhelming or call that your dreading making? We say get it done and out the way, that way you won't spend your whole day procrastinating and you can get ticking off that list.
- Limit your distractions. Do you have the TV on in the back ground or are you finding yourself scrolling through Insta? They can both be real time suckers. If you find yourself getting easily distracted, switch off the TV, mute your notifications and pop on your favourite playlist instead.
- Eat well. Being close to the kitchen can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time. It's too easy just to reach for a sugary snack or a packet of crisps from the cupboard to keep yourself going. Instead try using being home as a chance to prepare yourself some really nutritious meals. Think porridge for breakfast and veg packed soup for lunch. Get dinner in the slow cooker before you start work and it'll be ready for when you finish.
We hope these tips are inspiring and help you to have a more productive time working from home.