The Art of Working Remotely…

3/23/2020

As we begin our journey into the unknown, it is only natural to have a mixture of feelings from worry, confusion and anxiety.

Utopian Professional Recruitment has provided you with some practical tips for staying healthy, working remotely whilst continuing to add value & still perform to your best. Social distancing or self-isolation can put a strain on us mentally and physically. Do ensure you prioritise your well being by taking time out and speaking to others.

Working from home is a real art, you do need discipline, motivation and be comfortable in your own company.

At this uncertain time, do always remember the benefits from working remotely –

  • First and foremost, the health and safety of yourself, colleagues, customers, clients and candidates
  • You don’t have to commute, reduced travel time & costs
  • Less disruption
  • Better work life balance
  • Flexible hours
  • Every day is a dress down day!

Stay connected:

As humans we have a strong urge to belong. A study found that 39% of respondents feel the greatest sense of belonging when their colleagues check in with them, both personally and professionally. Simple things like turning your camera on during team meeting or giving people a call so that they can hear your voice, rather than relying on texts / emails can help to boost a sense of belonging.

Get organised & plan your day:

Maintaining balance is one of the most difficult aspects of working at home, because the work is always right there staring you in the face. Create a ‘to-do’ list, filing systems and schedules. Planning your day will help you minimise your distractions and maximize your true productive times

Your schedule is the map of your business objectives for the week. It shows the steps you are going to take to fulfill your tasks. Yes, it is open to negotiation, but you should have it in place as the framework for your entire work output. Set specific, manageable, daily tasks that you can accomplish. Avoid rolling over any unfinished tasks to the next day; playing catch up leads to stress and fatigue.

Colour:

If your office or home working space looks lifeless and drab, your work probably will be too. It’s a known fact if you’re working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happy and you work better! In an interview, colour psychologist Angela Wright highlights the power that different wavelengths of light (aka colours) have on our psychology. Blue stimulates logic and productivity, yellow heightens creativity and red encourages physical action. Your senses affect your mood, so make your space a happy one and the benefits will follow. Time to add a splash of colour into your home!

Get fresh air:

According to the Lung Institute your body functions better and you'll feel better when your brain has enough oxygen. As your blood oxygen levels improve, you might notice improved cognitive function, better balance and an overall improvement to your health. If you aren’t self-isolating, try committing to a 20-minute walk over lunch time or after you’ve finished for the day adhering to government advice.

Poster, art or something daft:

One of the best parts of working from home is that you can make your workspace your own. There’s nothing blander than a blank wall. Fill it with some personality: you know better than anyone what motivates and inspires you but make sure it reminds you that your job is more than just replying to emails and completing tasks. Build a shrine to creativity.

Healthy Snacks:

It's easy to snack badly when you're working remotely. Invest in fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables! They will help you improve your productivity and concentration, avoid sugar lows and stave off the extra kilos.

Take Breaks:

When we’re at work, our days are broken up by walking to meetings or across the office to buy lunch or coffee, but when at home it can be easy to work for long, unbroken periods. While it may seem counter-intuitive, taking breaks boosts productivity. Not only that, but it’s an important way to reset and build resilience. Challenge yourself to take a break away from your screen, go put that kettle on or give that protein bottle a shake!

Get a Plant:

If you’re not fortunate enough to have an office with a river-side view, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the outside world. Growing yourself a house plant is very low maintenance, but provides a remarkably soothing influence on a busy workspace.

When it comes to a home office, it’s easy to neglect your workspace, but spending the extra time and money on perfecting it will make a huge difference to your productivity, creativity and - most importantly – your happiness.

A handful of small changes can revolutionise your working from home experience. Whether you order online some productivity-boosting tools, or completely revamp the look of your working area, choosing to optimise your home office is the undervalued secret to optimised remote working!