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.

Check out our free online course for remote workers for more ideas, tips, and techniques for maintaining well-being whilst working from home.

Katie founded Altruist Enterprises in 2013. Since then, she has grown Altruist into a nationwide provider of mental health and resilience training. Katie is a seasoned public speaker and innovator of bespoke mental health courses. In 2022, Katie won the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize awarded by Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Judge Business School.

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