As the world of work is drastically changing, the environment in which we operate is very much changing. What once was a perk to a job has now almost become an expectation or requirement for an employee to consider working for a business. Working from home as a result of the pandemic and for so many businesses to have to navigate their typical work structures even when no one is in the office. But as we are coming back out of lockdown, it seems that working from home is here to stay in some shape or form. Whether that be hybrid working or completely working from home, unless you have to be present at your workplace, it is definitely a change in the mainstream working pattern.

Ensuring that you have the right set-up to thrive in this newfound way of working and navigating the permanence of it all will only result in a more productive way of using your day. The typical office setup facilitates everything you need to get your job done in the most productive way. Access to desk space and a permanent work set-up, finding a way to be productive at home, in the same way, may be a challenge for some and establishing the ideal remote work environment for yourself is important.

Your Space is King

Although working from home may have been a novelty for you at the start of the pandemic, the appeal of working from your bed may have fulfilled ease in your life for that time, but working from home is looking like a more permanent fixture, that needs to change. When moving your work life to a remote space, this may not look like having a home office for a situation, but making the most of the space you have is crucial so you don’t end up taking work into your relaxation space and make the most of your day. Do you have a full computer set up or just a laptop for your work requirements? What ways do you work best? Are you more predictive in your comfies, or getting ready for work as you normally would?

Asking these questions about your routine and the way you work, will reveal how to best use your space and ensure that you are being the most predictive you can be in a work from home environment. If you are able to establish a section of space in your home (or in your room if you are in a flatshare) that you can dedicate to your work needs, then making that space work for you is important. Even if the space is small, investing in something like a fold-out desk or work trolley will help keep your work needs to be met. It might even mean it’s time for a little shuffle of your space. You should first ask your work if they can provide anything for you, such as a desk or the right chair if you don’t ask you don’t get it.

Are you using the morning in a way that benefits you?

Now that your space is established, turning back to yourself is the next step. You’ve most likely heard about the benefits of a morning routine, but have you actually established one for yourself. Just as you would when going to the office, there must have been little things you incorporated into your morning to make you feel ready for your day or get you started in the right direction? This now needs to be brought over into your remote working environment. Truth be told, some habits that you established when working in an office may not bring you the same satisfaction or sense of stability that they once did. If working from home is a new way of working for you, then finding the morning routine that works for you is important too.

Start with the basics, energy, movement and hydration. If you centre your morning routine around wanting to feel prepared and relaxed for when you do delve into your work, then giving yourself ample time to yourself before you sit at your desk is key. By ensuring you are fed and have started your day with water, you will have ticked off two things that you can aim to do in the morning. Getting in some morning movement doesn’t have to be a full-on weight lifting gym session. If you like to get your exercise in later in the day, then doing a good morning stretch routine can be just as beneficial. Starting with a basic routine means that you can assess what you can realistically build on it, this can range from listening to podcasts or reading to studying and working on a side hustle or even getting piece in making a delicious breakfast or coffee. Establishing your morning routine in a basic way first is what will allow you to thrive moving forward.

Bring quality to your break times

You’ve probably noticed a pattern in establishing a productive working from home space for yourself, and that is a pattern for your day. From carving out a working space for yourself to creating a satisfying morning routine, this also extends to your breaks. Make sure you are taking them! Ensuring you are having good quality breaks away from your computer or your workspace will mean that your brain has time to switch off and then you can come back to your work with a fresh set of eyes.

Creating a productive atmosphere when working from home looks different to everybody, and making sure that you are taking the steps in the right direction will mean you target the most out of your day and work time.


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