If you have been working from home for a while now, then chances are some standards might have slipped a little. While it might be fun to occasionally work in your pajamas, it won’t help you be more productive if it becomes routine. Here are some top tips to help you reclaim that professional feeling when you are working from home.
A New Professional Outfit
If you look professional, you will feel professional. According to Thrive Global, fashion can alter how you view yourself and interact with others. Why not choose a new outfit that can help you feel like you are in work mode, and then change into something more casual in the evening. A new array of work skirts might not be seen at the video conferencing meeting but they will make you feel more productive and ready to tackle the day. They will still look fantastic when it is ready to get back into the office too.
Get A Good Desk And Chair
Working from your sofa, bed, or evening dining table is not good for your posture. Purchase an ergonomic desk and chair and put it somewhere discreet, so that your mind doesn’t wander back to work when you are in your free time. If you live somewhere compact, then get a desk and chair that can fold down or a desk that allows you to work while standing. A good office and chair will help you feel more comfortable, and this in turn will allow you to stay more focused for longer.
Create A Working Environment
Alongside a desk and a chair, the right working environment will help you feel more ready to concentrate. For instance, if you are staring at a pile of washing all day, then you are more likely to go off and do odd jobs around the house rather than spending the time working productively. Try to store away any distractions and keep things near to hand that you might need. If you have to wander through the house every time you need a hole punch or print off a crucial document, the lines between home and work will blur. Setting up and tidying away an office space at the beginning and end of every day will become a ritual that signals it is time to work.
Organize Your Device
If you have a laptop, PC, or other devices that you use for work and pleasure then try to use separate user accounts. If you have your email binging up distracting you with the latest deals from your favorite brands then this will pull focus. Keeping separate user accounts for work and pleasure will mean you can keep as many tabs open you want during a nightly shopping binge, and it will not get in your way during your working hours.
Take Screen Breaks
Finally, remember to take full breaks. Breaks should be away from the screen and not be about getting chores done. Screen breaks are vital to reduce eye strain and prevent tiredness. A full break should be used to switch off and let your brain have a rest before you tackle the next task ahead.