• Matty Panagopoulos

Looking after yourself whilst working from home

Working from home is our norm here at Go2VA. As virtual and freelance Executive Assistants, our home office is our haven. However, with these uncertain Covid-19 induced times, even companies who have perhaps never before allowed employees to work from home, are having to enforce this and more people than ever are setting up a work space in their home.

Here are some of our top tips to ensure you are looking after yourself whilst working from home, something that we feel is more important than ever in what is a rather unsettling time for us all.

Stick to a routine

Try and stick to a rough routine, making sure you tweak it so that it works for you. In these ever-changing times we need to be as flexible as ever but there is no doubt that structure to your day will help to keep you focused, and provide some consistency to your week.

Make time for breaks

It’s important to take a break, put the kettle on, have a snack, go and water the plants, whatever it may be. Schedule a couple of 15-minute breaks into your daily routine.

Dress to impress

Now it’s very unlikely that you would wear your pyjamas when heading into this office, this shouldn’t really differ just because you are at home. You will feel much more energised if you get up and dressed at the start of your day – but let’s face it, no one will know if you have your favourite pair of novelty slippers on under your desk.

Get domestic tasks done first

It’s easy to get distracted by the ever-increasing pile of washing to be done. Take advantage of being at home and catch up on household tasks that you otherwise find it difficult to make time for. Our top tip would be to try and get these done before you start your working day or during your breaks.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is good for you and popping to the kitchen to top up your water bottle or put the kettle on can give you a welcome breather from your laptop screen and ensure you stretch your legs.

Don’t fight it

We all have those times where we feel we are not achieving anything, so if you find that this bout of unproductivity hits, don’t fight it, we are human after all. We would recommend taking a break, step outside, or perhaps even change rooms if you have the opportunity to. Soon enough you’ll be back at it with full pelt.

Stay warm, cosy and comfortable

We truly do mean it when we say our home office is our haven, and yours can be too. Try and create a space that is comfortable and suited to you – if you like background noise, put the radio on, if peace and serenity is more your style, light a scented candle, or add some of your favourite flowers to brighten up the space.

Perhaps you work from home and have some useful tips to share or if you have an idea to help people transition from the office to home we would love to hear them. To keep up to date with everything going on at Go2VA, follow us on Instagram @go2_virtualassistants.