26th February 2021

5 Tips on How to Best Work from Home

1. Maintain Regular Hours

It is extremely important to set a schedule for your day and try to stick with it! Being organized and on time is always a good way to start your day. Implement precise and clear guidelines for when you work and when you take breaks as this will help with your daily objectives. Making sure you finish on time is another essential tip to maintain work-life balance.

Start the day as you would at work ensuring you get up early, get dressed, and try to avoid online distractions once you sit down to your home desk to start your day. Make sure you give yourself permission to have some downtime. If you must work extra hours on a project, give yourself some extra free time later to compensate.

2. Schedule Breaks

Please revise your company’s policy to ensure that you take the right number of breaks throughout your workday. A lunch break of 30 minutes and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time Canadian employees.

3. Create a Morning Routine

Creating a routine before you sit down to work is another important aspect. For you to start work in the morning what do you need to do to make it to your chair? Grabbing a cup of coffee, taking 5 minutes to breathe, or taking that time to look at your to-do list set out for the day ahead. It could be as easy as getting dressed into your work clothes instead of your Pajamas. Having a morning routine can be more effective than a clock at helping you start your day the right way.

4. Set Ground Rules with the People in Your Space

If you share a home with roommates or if your partner works from home too make sure that you set some ground rules to be able to work efficiently from home. If you have children who come home from school or are home schooled, please ensure that they are kept occupied while you continue your work. Implementing a rule system for your children to follow is always a good way to start. If you have the space at home create your office in another room away from others that work from home and make it nice enough that you like spending time, there.

In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. Not everyone has a separate office in their home and keeping two machines is not always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use.

5. Leave Home

With being cooped up at home with work and daily chores try take your breaks outside, enjoy the fresh air and maybe even get some exercise in. It is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health. The same advice applies to people who work in traditional office settings, too. Leave the building at least once a day. Your body needs to move. You do not have to go to a public area to do this. You can easily go to a park or out to the mountains for an hour. Or maybe go out to your garden and get some gardening therapy in – you know the drill!

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