5 Working from Home Tips for Maintaining a Routine

It is important to maintain a routine when working from home. By organising our time, we know what to expect and have steps to work towards throughout the day. This enables us to retain a sense of purpose which in turn aids motivation and productivity and helps reduce feelings of anxiety. This blog highlights 5 simple things you can do each day to maintain a healthy routine.

1. Get Dressed - This sounds obvious but it will help shift your mindset into 'work mode'. What you wear is up to you but remember; you may be required to dial into a video call.

2. Get Outdoors - Why not walk around the block each morning to mimic your commute or take the dog for a walk if you are not self-isolating. Go out in your garden or on the balcony if you have one and enjoy some fresh air. Being outside will lift your mood and better prepare you for a good night’s sleep that evening.

3. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene - On the subject of sleep, we must stick to our habits when working from home. Get up and go to bed at your regular time to support a healthy circadian rhythm. Poor sleep is linked to physical health problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health issues such as anxiety and low mood.

4. Take Regular Breaks - Other people's perceptions of remote work can make us feel guilty when working from home. This can cause us to overcompensate and stay at our desks for longer periods, even during the time we would normally be commuting. Get up and move around like you would if you were in the office, onsite, or wherever your usual place of business is. Make time for stretches during the day and work your muscles to help prevent stiff joints and help maintain good blood circulation.

5. Plan Ahead - This is fundamental, especially if you are looking after and educating your children, whilst also working from home. Establish a schedule that works for you and your family and stick to it.

Whilst no one knows how long this is going to last, by maintaining a routine, we can help ourselves and others to stay grounded during these difficult times.

For more ideas, tips, and techniques for maintaining wellbeing whilst working from home, check out our free online course for remote workers. Find out more here.

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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