Working from home productively

ENSURE AN ORDERLY WORKFLOW

  • Try to structure your day as if you were going to the office. Get up at the same time, follow the same morning rituals, plan fixed coffee and lunch breaks
  • Try to stick to the fixed working hours – Work through your daily “To Do” list
  • It is very important to distinguish between the «Home Mode» and the «Work Mode»
  • Try to minimise distractions as much as possible

SET UP YOUR WORKPLACE AT HOME

  • If the area permits, set up a dedicated workplace, i.e. a table that is used exclusively for work and not as a dining table at the same time. A spatial separation is important in order to be able to separate the two worlds of «home» and «work»
  • Rebuild your office at home: If you have two monitors at work, for example, ask your direct line manager if you can use them at home temporarily
  • When working from home, your availability is fundamental: you should be available at home via various technologies just like you would be available when working in the office

CREATE A PLEASANT WORKING ATMOSPHERE

  • In order to be able to work productively and to stay motivated, a pleasant working atmosphere is crucial. It is important that you feel comfortable, whether it is by putting up a bouquet of flowers, hanging a picture, putting up photos or playing music in the background
  • Don't forget to get fresh air regularly - fresh air is good for you and improves concentration

COMMUNICATE REGULARLY WITH YOUR TEAM

  • Especially in exceptional situations like the current one, a good flow of information is important. Exchanging information with your team on a regular basis either by telephone or conference call is a great way to stay connected and up to date

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • If you work from home, the refrigerator is always just a stone throw away. Consume a balanced healthy diet. Nuts, bananas and apples are healthy snacks in between meals
  • Drink enough water
  • Don't forget to stay active! Make sure you get up every hour and do some exercise, stretching or walking to keep the blood circulation going. You can also start the day with yoga, Pilates or fitness exercises or dedicate your lunch break for sports
  • Pay attention to ergonomics at the workplace, sit down correctly, adjust the chair height, and pay attention to the table height and the positioning of your screen.