Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) has come crashing into everyone’s lives like Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, we have all had to adjust to a new way of living. Gone are the days of packing yourself into a train carriage, trying your best not to resemble a Sardine on your daily commute. No more water cooler chit chat about how your local sports team had a shocking performance the previous night. It has all changed (for the foreseeable future anyway).

Although this could be seen as a positive thing, there are aspects of working from home that can be difficult for a lot of people.

Here are a few tips to help you to adapt or improve your working from home lifestyle.

1. Routine, Routine, Routine

Set yourself a routine and stick to it. As tempting as it is to give yourself more leeway and gift yourself a 3-hour lunch because you are out of sight of your boss, it is recommended that you stick to your normal work patterns. Without sticking to a steady work schedule, the lines between work and personal time can become blurred and before you know it, you’re working at 1AM because you decided to binge on the latest Netflix series.

Try to set your alarm at the same time, eat your meals at the same time. Avoid working in your pyjamas. Replace your daily commuting with time with something enjoyable like exercising, reading or even yodelling (if you’re inclined to do so) before logging in to work.

Most importantly, when your workday stops, you must stop working. Shut down your computer, don’t check your emails and avoid Teams like it was a bad smell. Focus on your home life.

2. Workspace

Set yourself a dedicated workspace. Get everything you need in one place, if you can give yourself an entire room, fantastic. If you can’t, then even a small shared space will do.

Be sure to be comfortable in your dedicated workspace. Although it is tempting to do your work sprawled on your couch feeding yourself grapes like an Egyptian Pharaoh, it is highly recommended that you sit at a desk or table. If you are unsure how to set up your workspace correctly, you can use the NHS guidelines to help you [Link Here].

3. Take Your Breaks

Making time for breaks is extremely important for your health, physically and mentally. Try to take a lunch break as well as regular screen breaks, even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes. This will give you time to concentrate on something rather than work and this can really help with your motivation and productivity when you return to your work.

It is also important to take this time to move away from your workspace so some light exercise or stretching. If you are unsure about what exercises or stretches you can do then please read our blog [Click Here].

4. Stay Connected

Working from home can be very isolating but it is important to stay connected despite not being in close proximity to your colleagues.

As the majority of staff at IQBar work from home, miles away from one another we have set up many different ways to stay connected to each other, professionally and personally. We have a wide range of Teams channels to engage with one another and share advice.

5. Take Care of Yourself

For a lot of people, working from home is an unusual situation to be in. It is a whole new world to many, so it is important to look after yourself as you may not be as productive as you would be.

There are plenty of home exercise videos on YouTube that are tailor-made for the average person where you don’t need the thighs of Arnold Schwarzenegger to keep up with.

It is also natural to feel stressed, especially in this current climate. If you are finding it difficult then we are here to help and support you. We have several Teams channels that you can speak to anyone in or if you would like to discuss something in private then email a member of our team at support@iqbar.co.uk

Like every situation, there are pros and cons to working from home but if you do it right it can be an incredible lifestyle with an abundance of benefits. So take our hand and let us show you…

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