In the last year working one or two days at home has become my norm as the organisation I work for tries to do more with less. Which includes having fewer desks! Working from home has it's pros and cons - I love that I get a little lie in on my work from home days, but I'm still not sure about the way the line between work and home has blurred! Either way working from home is here to stay, and it looks like I'm not alone, according to the TUC home working is up by a fifth over the last 10 years. So how can you get the most out of your day working from home? I've teamed up with Viking to share a few of my hacks.
1. set up your workstation - one in three workers in Europe suffer from ailments caused by working at a computer, and 60% claim that their performance has been affected as a result. Sitting at a desk all day just isn't great for your health, and sitting for 10 hours a day or more can result in an increased risk of early death, heart disease and obesity. Introducing 'active working' can make a massive difference to your wellbeing while working. Most of us can't get away from working at a desk, but we can change things up and introduce a desk that means we can switch between sitting and standing through the day. Fellows have a great selection that you can check out here.
2. set the mood - I find it helps to have defined 'workspace' at home, although with no home office this can be tricky! My solution is to make sure our kitchen table is clear and free of anything not work related, to lay out all my work paraphernalia so everything I could need is within easy reach and maybe light a candle - a trick I used during my MSc to remind myself that it was time to work! At the end of the day I clear everything away so that home become home again.
3. move more and take breaks - both standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time can have their downsides, so you also need to move! This can be easier said then done when you work from home - technically you could spend all day in your pjs and never leave the house! A fitness tracker can help you keep track of static time and remind you to get up and move around when you've been sitting for too long. I love to work some exercise into my day by planning a lunch time run, it also means I break up my day and get out of the house!
4. dress for success - so you could stay in you PJs all day, but I reckon getting dressed helps get your head into a place to work! When I work from home I like to be comfy, but to feel like I'm put together and could be presentable if I needed to Skype my colleagues, so I usually turn to athleisure like a comfy pair of legging and a nice yoga top (and Ugg slippers).
5. don't get distracted - a massive perk of working from home is that you don't need to take a day off to wait in for deliveries/the gas man, but just because you're at home doesn't mean you should try and squeeze in a load of chores around conference calls! Remember, you're at work, so decide when you're going to start and end your day and don't get distracted by a compulsion to hoover. Forest is a great app that helps you to focus if you can't stay away from your smartphone!
Do you work from home? What are your top tips?
*Thanks to Viking for inspiring this post, and providing stats. As always all opinions are my own*