Wellbeing at home – staying efficient and keeping your spirits up
Boris Johnson has called on the public to join a “collective national effort” and follow social distancing guidance, warning the NHS could be “overwhelmed”.
Millions of people are likely to be working from home, and some for the first time last week due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Here are our top tips on the best way to stay efficient and keep your spirits up:
Distinguish between work and home
Karen Eyre-White, a productivity coach and founder of GoDo business organisation told the Independent: “Maybe it’s walking round the block, making a special kind of tea, or lighting a candle at your desk. It doesn’t matter what it is but do it without fail to create a strong association in your mind,” she says.
In order to be productive make sure you impose structure on yourself. For example, working in 45-60 minute chunks of focused work followed by a short break. This can be an effective way to break the day up and maintain your concentration levels.
Take 10-15 minutes for yourself — whether it’s meditation, taking a walk, stretching or listening to music. Allowing yourself more “you” time can help you feel more grounded and excited about work, as well as less stressed.
If you don’t love the things on the to-do list in front of you, try incentivising yourself. Why not celebrate an achievement, big or small, by creating a treat jar as means of motivation? The treat jar is the perfect way to celebrate an accomplishment without breaking the bank. Set yourself a challenge, for instance, finishing a report you’ve been working on and then, close your eyes and reach into the jar and pull out your reward. Simple.
For some people, the prospect of staying in their pyjamas all day is the most tantalising aspect of working from home. But washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you to start work.
Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. So in order to think clearer and be happier, try drinking more water while you’re at work. Proper hydration will allow you to perform better, feel happier and enable you to reach your goals.
Check out our blog where we give 6 tips for drinking more water every day.
Get a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep can certainly leave you feeling refreshed, but getting regular sleep is actually critical to your brain’s health. Sleep has been shown to improve memory, and one study even found that sleeping after you learn something new results in actual changes in the brain and better retention.
And…if you’re still looking for advice on how to get the most out of working from home, Klarna has all the tips you need for bringing smoooth home.
Rob Beattie, Klarna Partner Manager is set to host a Q&A with remote working consultant Shauna Moran who will share her top tips on how to stay motivated and connected with your colleagues whilst working remotely. Shauna will be on hand to answer your questions and concerns on topics including:
- Managing yourself, your time and your energy when working from home
- Being an effective leader in a newly formed remote team environment
- Building interpersonal relationships and team culture online
- Preventing remote work isolation
They’re asking for pre- submit questions – as well as giving the chance to ask questions during the session – so register now to join.