WORKING FROM HOME
At Owl Design we are lucky we can choose to work from home or the office, depending on when suits us and projects we are working on. Due to the fast paced nature of the situation the world has found itself in, many of you may have found yourself suddenly having to work from home with no home office. So as experienced home workers we thought we’d share some of our tips on creating a productive home working environment!
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We are advocates for working from home some days, as not only does it save on commuting times, but reduces pollution and, without constant distractions often found in busy open plan offices, increases productivity. Working from home can also give you that bit more flexibility meaning you can work to your own timetable to help get the most out of your day. If given the choice, most employees would want a little more control over their working environment, from the chair they sit on, how they arrange their desk to sitting near a window, but this just isn’t feasible in most working environments.
We believe that once Coronavirus has passed, we may see a more permanent shift in how we work and attitudes to working from home. Having a home office may soon become the norm! We know working remotely isn’t always possible, but for many careers having the right laptop and technology is all you need to set up your workspace. Which makes sense as companies would not need such large offices, therefore reducing over-heads and pollution caused by commuting every day. With many companies currently having no choice but to let employees work from home they can hopefully overcome any trust issues they may have had regarding stuff productivity levels meaning they will feel more open to let them work from home for some of the week.
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Working from home isn’t for everyone though as you need self-discipline, to be able to set yourself goals and a routine. If you can do this and remain organised and motivated then you’ll find your well-being, productiveness and health can improve. Here are some of our top tips which we have found super useful when working from home:
Plan a daily routine and stick to it, not forgetting to include self care!
Get up at the same time every morning
Make your bed!
Have a shower and get dressed
Have a healthy breakfast
Write a to-do list for the day
Have a set lunch time, preferably away from your desk
Cook a healthy lunch, this is one of the bonuses of working from home having your own fully stocked kitchen, so you don’t find yourself eating processed food!
Go for a walk or do some stretches. The only downside from working from home is that it’s very easy to sit and not move anywhere as you no longer have to walk to a station etc.
Set a time for your working day to end and stick to it so you don’t end up constantly in work mode.
Re-purpose commuting time. When working from home, it’s tempting to extend your hours to get things done, instead, use commuting time to achieve a goal, learn something new or exercise.
Productivity & Work space
If possible create your workspace somewhere that you can close the door on at the end of the day in order to try and keep the boundaries between work and play. If this isn’t possible make sure you always tidy any work documents away, after all out of sight out of mind.
Think about what makes you feel productive and helps you stay in the zone. Maybe play some music, light a candle or invest in some new stationary.
Set time aside at the end of the day to tidy your desk.
As we mentioned before working from home means you can create your own schedule, so work when you are most productive. If starting the day early and finishing early means you get more done, then adjust your work hours (just keep everyone in the loop!)
Focus on one task at a time and set a time limit, it might also help to turn of your phone/ emails so there are no distractions when getting this done.
Only check emails at certain times of the day if possible.
Set Some Boundaries. If you share your home with friends or family let them know that you aren’t available during certain hours to keep distractions to a minimum.
Designing your home workspace
When planning think about how much space you need. Do you just work from a laptop? Do you need multiple screens, or ample desk space to spread out documents? This will be the main factor in where you can position your work space and the type of desk you need. For example, if you only work from a laptop then there are many small desks available from fold up, to wall mounted which could easily be placed on a landing or alcove without taking up too much space.
Natural light is very important when deciding on where you work. A dark gloomy corner will not only cause more strain on your eyes but also dampen your mood causing you to be less productive. If you can place your work space near a window or well lit room that would be ideal. Choosing the right desk lamp too not only will improve the visual aspect and design but also help create ambiance and brighten the space.
Most jobs require sitting at a computer all day so making sure you have the right support and are comfortable is super important. Everyone has their own preference to an office chair, from padded to mesh, on wheels or something more classic, there is something for everyone.
If a brand-new note pad and pen which glides over the paper doesn’t inspire you to knuckle down then I don’t know what will! Like a child’s first day back at school after the summer holidays, treating yourself to some new stationary never looses it’s charm. From Muji to Choosing Keeping we’ve put together a few key pieces to keep your home office running smoothly.