Millions of Brits will have potentially been working from home for a full year now – but how do you stay fresh, and focused?
Let’s start with what might cause home working fatigue.
- You are having to think about things you never used to have to think about
- You have less control because it wasn’t your choice to work from home
- Your screen time has increased massively – especially over winter where there isn’t much else to do
- It’s less social. Not only have you been less able to see family and friends, but you also haven’t been mulling round the office.
- Information overload – as well as all of the information you need to process for your day job, you are surrounded by news, radio, all of which you need to keep on top of.
The good news is that a lot of these elements won’t be as draining as we ease out of lockdown, move into summer, you are able to get more fresh air and interact again.
However home working isn’t going to be a distant memory, it will be a key part of a lot of jobs going forward.
The cost, environmental and lifestyle benefits of working from home mean that it will be a 2020 habit that we keep, albeit not to the same extent.
So how can you stay fresh?
1. Invest in some better kit for yourself or your employees.
A new wave of gadgets and tools to help you work from home has emerged and some gadgets have really come into their own.
Wireless headphones are a great example of this. The ease, quality of audio, and unobstrusive nature of ‘Air pods’ mean they are a great addition to any home office. Initially these tiny gadgets were very expensive, but costs have come down, with many well known brands now making their own versions.
2. Take back control
Stay in control of your time and make the most of one of the array of slick project planners that will help you to do this.
Being forced to work from home makes you feel fatigued, but feeling on top of everything, knowing when your breaks are, and being able to see what you’ve achieved always helps.
Asana, Basecamp, Monday, and Microsoft Planner are just some of the tools that you can investigate. They normally have a free trial and a free versions available too.
3. Distractions are inevitable
It’s in our nature to be distracted. Attention spans are shrinking as the media we consume is becoming shorter, sharper, more social media orientated.
So embrace the fact you are going to be distracted but plan this in so that you can stay productive at the right times.
It’s okay to listen to the radio, catch the news, walk the dog, but the best way of doing it is to break up your day at the best times, then you can stay focused on key work and meetings when you need to.
The benefits of staying active throughout the day are huge. Whether you go for a walk, get out into the garden, or just have a little home workout, you need to keep active.
This isn’t a fitness issue, it is entirely for your wellbeing.
5. Eat well
Embrace the benefits of being able to eat better from home.
You have the power to eat a healthy, tasty, delicious lunch every day without the restrictions of whatever is left in the work canteen or what would fit in your lunchbox.
Make a bit of extra dinner from the night before and have that, order something in on a Friday – you’ve probably saved a few pennies by not eating out for the past months.
People are even making cookbooks to help the new wave of home workers. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freelancers-Cookbook-Work-Home-Freelancer-Friendly/dp/B086Y41HSN
6. Get better broadband
Okay so you probably expected us to say this. If you’ve been making do with buffering, slow uploads, thinking it will be okay to just get by through lockdown, you probably need to think again. The demands for good broadband connections are only going to increase as the world continues to embrace ‘working from anywhere’.
We really want to help, either by givcing you advice or actually providign a better connection.
Get in touch with our team today on 01228 217171 to see if we can improve your connection.