Dress like you’re at the office
Over the last week have you got up in the morning and thought, ‘my desk is just downstairs, I don’t really have any meetings apart from one zoom call, I’ll just put on the joggers and slippers and leave the camera off for my meeting?’ This is the biggest mistake you can make! It is so important to get into work mode, you must dress as though you are in the office. What’s different anyhow? You still need to speak to staff, you still need to speak with customers, you still need to try and make money, so don’t fool yourself that you can be productive in joggers!
Have a dedicated space for your office
It’s really important to have a space set up for the home office. I know it’s easy to sit at the kitchen bench, or curl up on the sofa, or even stay in bed with a laptop! However you will never be as productive as you need to be in this time of crisis. Look after your personal wellbeing, get yourself a desk and a chair and position it away from the daily hive of activity in the house, so as to minimise distractions. If you haven’t got this set up yet, check out our home office offer.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking water is critical to productivity! When at home it’s so easy to let it lapse; no sports water bottle going out the door in the morning, no Billi tap in the canteen, no water cooler in the office, reminding you to refill your glass. Drinking water regularly helps to keep the body topped up at all times, allowing you to concentrate for longer and ultimately work better and more productively.
Take regular breaks and exercise
When in the office it’s hard to believe how much we actually exercise without thinking about it, up and down stairs, in and out of meetings, visiting clients, etc. Now you’re at home, you need to set regular short breaks that are planned and timed. Put them in your calendar, 15 minutes, 4 times a day, get out in the open and let the fresh air clear your head. The fact the government have made it one of the only reasons we are allowed to leave our home during isolation, shows its importance. So keep exercising to stay productive.
Over communicate with employees and colleagues
It’s so important to keep up communication with all the team through these challenging times. People are lonely and need the social interaction on a daily basis, so don’t forget about others, call them up and make sure they’re getting along okay. You may be saying, how will that make me more productive, well its quite simple, when you haven’t spoken to anyone for days, you start getting in on yourself, your mind starts wandering and you can’t concentrate and when you can’t concentrate you can’t be productive!
So keep positive, keep up the good work, keep healthy, keep safe, keep communicating….
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