Working from home can be a rewarding experience. You eat healthier, sleep better, exercise more and don’t have to spend time commuting. While many speculate whether the current conditions represent a new normal, the reality is that teams need to find ways to healthily do their jobs from home. This post is a list of actions that will not only make you more productive, but it will also improve your wellbeing.

• Practice mindfulness. With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation it’s vital to keep the peace of the mind during the situation. Mindfulness increases our attention span, reduces our stress and makes our behaviour calmer if constantly practised.

• Develop a schedule. Creating your own work from home routine will take some trial and error. But, creating a work at home daily schedule keeps you productive and sane.

• Set up a dedicated workspace. To work from home, you must have your own dedicated workspace. Choosing where your workspace is located is possibly the biggest determining factor for productivity.

• Minimize distractions. There’s no shortage of distractions when working from home, and some days those distractions seem to get the best of us. With a solid plan and an intentional focus, you can overcome those distractions and take control of your workday.

• Set boundaries. Establish boundaries in order to protect yourself emotionally and set yourself up for success.

• Take regular breaks. No one works eight hours uninterrupted at the office, nor should you at home. Do what you would do at your regular workplace: regularly get up and stretch your legs, grab a coffee, take a lunch break.

• Exercise. Schedule a workout into your diary. Treat exercise with the same priority as a phone call with a client. Blocking out time away from your desk means that you are more likely to do it.

• Ask for help. It’s better to ask for help when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed rather than waiting until you’re at your breaking point.

• Think long term. We may be working from home for some time, so it’s worth exploring different programs and ways of working to boost collaboration with others, as well as thinking about work-at-home settings.

Final thoughts…

• The way in which we do business is changing. Technology has become a vital part of companies’ fabric, from working remotely to staying connected.

• Taking time to look after your physical health is important at the moment and can have a significant positive impact on your overall well-being.

• Implementing remote working brings with it a whole host of considerations sprinkled with challenges and while the desk-based workforce settles into this somewhat new pattern for the foreseeable future, it’s important to place wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.