How to work from home effectively

Although the idea of working from home might sound appealing to many of us, the reality is often a different story. It can be difficult to stay focused, and the lack of human interaction is a noticeable difference when you’re working outside of the office.

But, never fear! Here are some tips and tricks to help you work from home effectively.

  1. Start your day as if you were heading into the office. Have breakfast, get dressed, and carry out your regular weekday morning routine. A bonus of not having to travel anywhere means you have more time to sleep, read, hang out with your family, or exercise.
  2. Set yourself up with a dedicated workspace. Whether you’ve got a home office, or are using the kitchen table, or your bedroom, ensure you’ve got enough space for your working requirements.
  3. Set boundaries with your work hours, and stick to them. Make sure you actually finish up at the end of the day and avoid checking your emails after this time.
  4. Take regular breaks. Go outside for a walk, if you can, or stretch your legs around the home. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
  5. Stop for lunch. It sounds simple, but lunch breaks are often the first thing to go in the transition to working from home.
  6. Have regular catchups with your colleagues. It doesn’t have to be anything formal – even a quick email to check in can make all the difference.
  7. Go easy on yourself. It can take a while to adjust to working from home and creating a new routine. You’re likely to get distracted – by the goings-on outside, by your family or pets, the washing up that still needs doing, or by numerous other interruptions. It’s normal, and it’s to be expected. Many people find that once they get into the swing of working from home, they’re more productive, so you’ve always got that to look forward to.

YPRL has a plethora of resources to assist you in working from home effectively. Visit our eLibrary for a great range of digital tools including eBooks, eAudiobooks, newspapers, and music. Or take a look at our curated Adults section, with highlighted titles such as The Power of Not Thinking or 488 Rules for Life, from the fabulous and funny Kitty Flanagan.

If you’re after professional development resources, take a look at our Learn section, which offers links to online learning services including Lynda.

We’re also hosting a variety of Family Fun Nights over the coming weeks to help you and your family connect and have fun.

Take a look at some of these resources to help you work your best in the home environment:

Mindfulness at Work and Home

Artists' Homes

Home Office/Home Business (Homes By Design Series)

Deep Work

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