While much of the world has had to transition quickly and drastically from going into an office every day to working from home in light of the current pandemic, our Bospar team was well ahead of the trend. In fact, we’ve been an entirely virtual agency since our inception five years ago – all 30+ of our employees work remotely from their homes. Below are our suggestions for how to do your very best work from the comfort of your home.
To Avoid Going Stir-Crazy
Take breaks. It’s very easy to develop “cabin fever” and feel the need to leave your house after working day in and day out from home. Try to make the time, even if it’s for a short break, and take a quick walk outside or just step away from your computer to recoup. And definitely take a lunch break.
Stick to a routine. By starting your workday at the same time each day, it provides a bit of daily structure and allows your brain to switch easily into “work mode” every morning. It also provides your colleagues and management with an easy way to know when you’ll be available each morning, as they can no longer physically see you walk into the office.
To Maintain Professionalism
Dress casually and comfortably but professionally. No suit and tie required, but don’t stay in your PJs. It will set the stage for appropriate conduct and is especially important for video calls.
Create an “office.” Make sure you have a designated workspace. Spend some time creating an office environment that enhances productivity but which also looks professional on video calls. Don’t work from your couch or bed, for example.
Don’t forget about the internet. Make sure you are using a quality internet provider. This is a necessity in the world of working from home. It’s important to always have a secure and stable internet connection, especially when on client meetings.
To Minimize Physical Strain
Practice the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Following this rule is a great way to remember to take frequent breaks. Plus, this should reduce eye strain caused by looking at digital screens for too long.
Invest in ergonomic equipment. It is important that you are comfortable in your home office setup and have all the equipment you need to efficiently get your work done. Investing in ergonomic equipment truly makes all the difference.
Hopefully some of the above tips will make your time working from home more enjoyable and productive – and may even convince you that working from home is the best way to work!