We’re in uncertain and unnerving times with many of us, including our team here at Front Row now working from home for the foreseeable future. If you find yourself among those trying to figure out how to adjust to working from home, let us help by enlightening you on what is working for us. It’s not easy to flick a switch and do this with ease but if you plug in some practical tips then you should be able to develop and maintain a routine and achieve a work-life balance.
Stick to the same routine
When working from home, it’s important to keep to the same schedule that you would follow if you were in the office. Rise at the same time you normally would and follow those daily rituals to keep the structure, that could be making to-do lists or saying hello to your team. As for what to wear at home, we are squarely in the “be comfortable” camp. Or smart top and casual bottoms, to be fair no-one can see the waist down in telecons so take advantage! We recommend selecting an outfit that will give you comfort but help you feel smart as you work from home.
Treat exercise, meals and stretch breaks as you would any other meetings: That means putting them into your calendar, at least at the start. When you suddenly lose the pace of your day, everything can start to merge, so our tip is to create small cues to prompt you to get up and away from your desk. This could be as simple as walking to your window and taking in the view or taking a moment to be thankful.
Practice Gratitude Daily
It’s always important to regularly practice gratitude and with everything that’s happening in the world, taking some time to notice and reflect on things you are thankful for. This will help promote positive emotions and help quell any thoughts that could lead to anxiety. The best way to practice Gratitude is to write a journal to keep track of moments for which you are thankful for, this can significantly increase well-being and happiness.
Put Work Away
Working at home does have its advantages but it is important to maintain a work-life balance. At the end of your day, begin the transition into ‘Out of Office’ put your work materials and laptop away and move away from your office set up.
Finally, let’s do all we can to look out for each other and protect those most vulnerable in our community, and remember, this shall pass!
Your Friends at Front Row x