If you’re new to the whole working from home thing, like us here at LUNCH:ON, we’ve got some tips to help you adjust to the home office, social distancing life! If you’re struggling to stay motivated, getting distracted (*cough* Netflix *cough*), been eating toast for all your meals… we’ve got you. We scoured the internet for the best tips from Time Magazine, Hubspot, Bloomberg and many more to get you the best information possible. We also reached out to our colleagues in Cairo who work remotely all year round to give you tips directly from the experts!
For the PJ wearing, toast eating, Netflix bingers (and those with less severe WFH issues) this list is for you:
1. It’s all About Location
With the current situation, we don’t recommend going to coffee shops or to any public spaces to work, but that doesn’t mean you have to work in your bed (we see you). Spend 10 minutes preparing a working space that promotes productivity. That means avoiding spaces you associate with rest, like the couch or your bed. Sitting upright at a table or a desk is your best bet for a productive day, or utilize higher work surfaces, like a chest of drawers, as a makeshift standing desk! Time to get creative! Bonus tip: find the light! No, we don’t mean spiritually. Work near a window or in a bright space. We may be cooped up inside for the day but that doesn’t mean we have to sit in the dark. Sunlight is known to promote happiness & happiness promotes productivity.
2. Get up, Get Dressed
We know it’s tempting to stay in your pj’s all day, why change if you’re not leaving the house or seeing anyone but your cat? But showering, getting dressed, and preparing for the day like you would if you were going to the office can help you get into the work mindset. Pj’s don’t really promote productivity, and can be awkward if you get an unexpected Skype/Zoom video call from your boss…
3. Plan Your Day
Setting targets & writing a daily to-do list is a good habit to get into when working from home. Laying out your goals for the day and scheduling your time in order to achieve it will prepare you for the day ahead! Top tip: fill in your calendar the same way you do when scheduling meetings for your tasks. This way your day will be structured and you can hold yourself accountable! Remember to schedule breaks too, see our next point for more on this…
4. Breaks are Important
There is no denying that working from home blurs the line between work time and free time, with both seeping into each other, making it hard to step away from work at the end of the day (when does the day end if you’re already home!?). Working from home means you can no longer pop over to the water cooler and have a chat with a colleague or share a joke with your teammates around a table. But you can, and you should, take a coffee break, read a chapter of a book, chat with a colleague on Slack/WhatsApp/Skype, do some stretches or exercises at your desk (there are a lot of great ones online for you to follow), and most importantly eat!
5. Don’t Forget to Eat & Stay Hydrated
We’re big foodies at LUNCH:ON (obviously) and know the importance of eating 3 full nutritious meals a day (and no, cookies don’t count as a meal no matter how many you eat!). It’s tempting to spend hours putting together a feast for lunch or grabbing a tub of ice cream from the fridge, but we promise you there are better ways to spend your time and get a healthy meal. How to eat nutritiously & affordably while working at home with limited options to go outside, you ask? Easy. We’re launching LUNCH:ON at home so you can still get your 25 AED lunch with no delivery fees delivered straight to your door. No need to spend hours in the kitchen, or fight through crowds at the supermarket (we hope you all have enough toilet paper), and you can plan your whole week in advance to maximize your efficiency during the working day! Where there are hungry full-timers, LUNCH:ON will be there! Add your home address & we’ll reach out to you when we serve your area!
These are just a few of the tips that have helped our team in Cairo and are now helping our team in Dubai as we transition to working from home. We’d love to hear what your top tips for working from home are and how you’ve adjusted to being part of the working from home gang!
Working from home? You got this. Keep safe, wash your hands regularly, and check in with your colleagues and friends. Now back to work.
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