1) TALK TO YOUR MANAGER AND YOUR TEAM
How will working from home, work for you? Be realistic about who else is going to be home at different times of the day and how that might impact on your work. We all need to be flexible to support each other during unusual and changing circumstances.
2) BUILD A WORKSPACE
Designate an area of your home. If possible, work in an area where you would not normally relax or sleep. Follow the ergonomic assessment ideas on the Rise home-based assessment form Ergonomic Assessment.
3) SET REAL WORK HOURS
Maintain a regular schedule based on standard hours. Working from home can be invasive in your personal life. This is because if you are always home and near your work, then your work might creep into your home life – but only if you let it! Turn your phone and laptop OFF at the end of the day.
4) DON'T WORK IN YOUR PJ'S
Beyond psychologically getting you in the right mindset for work, getting dressed means you will be mentally and physically prepared for the day.
5) DEVELOP A MORNING ROUTINE
A routine helps to set you up for a productive day - get up early, take a shower, make your coffee and breakfast, and prepare your lunch.
6) CREATE A TO DO LIST OR SCHEDULE
Notepad or Outlook, whatever works for you. Start your day by reviewing priorities for the day. It’s tempting to just leap into your email, but with a little extra focus, you can move through your to do list. Set goals and time limits for each task. Use Outlook Calendar to help manage your time effectively.
7) MOVE AND STRETCH
Exercise naturally boosts endorphins, which increases happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are important for staying positive. Regularly stretching also helps you maintain great posture. Make sure you take a lunch break and go for a walk or stretch. 10 Best Stretches For Office Workers
8) EAT HEALTHY MEALS AND SNACKS
A work from home reality is that we have full access to the kitchen! So, when it’s time for lunch or a snack break, we are immediately drawn to treats such as chips, bikkies, or leftover pizza. If you like to snack, make it a point to make yourself a healthy lunch, just as you would if you had to go to the office.
9) TAKE BREAKS AND CHANGE YOUR SCENERY
This helps with productivity and motivation. Take a breath and head out into the backyard with your coffee. Set reminders in your phone or calendar to make sure you take breaks.
10) USE VIDEO CHAT AND STAY CONNECTED
Skype is a great way to stay connected with your team. Meet regularly, and don’t forget to relax and have a little fun. Switch emailing for a phone call wherever possible and arrange a conference call for team discussions. Skype User Guide.