By Jess Hoban
Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash
In these challenging times we’re operating through, many of us are having to take our work out of office. Working from home can prove difficult, especially if you do not have an effective allocated space to complete it in. We want to share some tips on how to best get settled into a steady routine away from your standard work environment.
1. Get Yourself Dressed Like Usual:
Although it sounds tempting to stay in your pyjamas for the whole day, making the conscious effort to dress can do wonders for your productivity. We are not suggesting that you need to carry on wearing suits and blouses, but being able to separate your relaxation time from your work time is ever more critical while at home.
2. Give Yourself Regular Breaks:
A big misunderstanding associated with working from home is that it would be a free ticket for relaxing and slacking. This is easy to believe when your boss is replaced by your TV and sofa. However, losing the office structure can make sufficient breaks harder to distinguish. We encourage you to set two daily reminders to give yourself 10 minutes of time away from work and stretch your legs! Allocating breaks will drastically help in the long run.
3. Incorporate Easy Exercises Into Your Work Day:
While on a break or your lunch, consider incorporating some light exercises to avoid becoming stiff and sluggish. Many of us will be stuck working 8 hours from laptop screen which inherently means you’re hunched over, and pretty soon you’ll feeling achy. Try some of the following exercises recommended by Bupa UK:
Seated Spinal Rotation: Cross your arms over your chest while seated upright. Grab your shoulders. Rotate your body from the waist, turning gently from left to right as far as you can. You should feel the tension on both sides of your lower back as it stretched out.
Neck Rotations: Keep your head upright. Gently turn your head from side to side. As you turn your head, try to move it past your shoulder. You should feel the muscles on the outside of your neck gradually stretching.
Shoulder Extension: Stand up and stretch your arms out behind you. Clasp your hands together and gently lift your arms. You should feel the pressure in your shoulders ease off.
To check out more, visit the Bupa UK website: https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/desk-stretches
4. Distinguish a Boundary Between ‘Work’ and ‘Non-Work’:
This may be the most challenging aspect of working from home, but we believe it’s crucial for your overall wellbeing. Who wants to feel like they are always at work! If you’ve had to improvise a work station on a dining room table, kitchen counter, or the sofa we would recommend clearing this space down at the end of each day. By actively putting away your work for the day, you can appreciate your evenings as the relaxing period they are.Tags: business, career, home working, JCI Southampton, JCI UK, leadership, personal development, remote working, southampton, tips
This post was written by Zoe Toseland