Today will be the start of self-isolation week for many people, as employers roll out homeworking in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
If working from home is a new experience for you, don’t panic! There are already dozens of great blog posts out there that will help you make the adjustment. Recommendations like keeping a set routine and having a quiet space to work are really valuable. Being comfortable with video conferencing tech is also important, so you can have face-to-face chats with your wonderful colleagues and not feel like you’re under quarantine.
All sound guidance. But there’s one piece of advice that no-one has suggested; one golden tip that might seem odd, but really works. Your correspondent swears by it, at the very least, having worked from home regularly for more than a decade.
It’s this: get dressed for work. Whatever you wear when you’re usually in the office, be it a shirt and tie, or a dress, or an 80s power suit, then wear that at home. It’s all about the mind-set. It may feel overstated and unnecessary, but we promise you’ll be more productive and focused in your work garb than your dressing gown.
It has additional benefits too. Other people in the house will see you looking all professional and give you the space to get on with your job. And when you’ve finished work, you can get changed into your usual clothes – a move which will help you mentally switch off at the end of day, despite having never left your home.
Another bonus is that when a delivery driver knocks, or Maureen from next door pops around to borrow a jar of passata, you won’t have to answer the door wearing an inside-out t-shirt and pair of jogging bottoms.
Give it a go; thank us later.