At huunuu we are a virtual team who work from home and we have some great tips that we practice every day. This way of working helps us be more productive and engaged.
More often than not you share a little of your personal life with your colleagues who become friends. One of my favourite things about remote working is to have a cuppa and a chat for ten minutes to break up my day. It’s not uncommon for a WhatsApp message to go around saying ‘pop the kettle on.’ Checking in and chatting with your colleagues can be very beneficial towards work wellness.
Remember to move around during your day. It’s very tempting to stay in one position (hunched over a laptop). Remember to stretch and get some fresh air every so often. A lunchtime walk is actively encouraged at all times! This is also good for the mind and any feelings of anxiety. We also encourage a bit of a dance around or with your colleagues over Skype! We all know that exercise is good for the body and mind, so include some in your routine. Even if you are isolating, you can still do some stretches, yoga or dancing.
Alongside virtual cuppas, and exercise, taking care of your mental health can work wonders if you are isolating or working from home as a matter of course. We’ve introduced ten minutes of meditation to our mornings which really does work a treat. You would be surprised how it can help you clear your mind and focus. You can find self-guided ones on YouTube or we would recommend the app Head Space if it doesn’t come naturally.
I find that a bit of Classic FM keeps me in a good frame of mind and isn’t too distracting. Some of the team prefer a chillout playlist it will depend on the person but having some music in the background can be very beneficial. Fancy a sing-along? We’ve all been cheered by recent videos of Italians singing whilst in isolation and we had a ‘virtual sing’ last week to You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon, sorry for the earworm! If you aren’t blessed with a great singing voice, sing to yourself and of course, ‘dance like no-one is watching.’
This can really help with making you feel ‘at work’. This can be done by setting yourself tasks in your calendar such as ’15-minute coffee break with Clare at 11:30’. Having your lunchbreak at lunchtime – this one may seem obvious, but it can be easy to let it slip! Invite someone to a virtual lunch to ensure you take some time and break up your day. Mentally these little routines help us feel in control by giving our days some structure. We’ll write more on the benefits of routine in our next working from home blog, which will have tips on how to remain focused.
Stay well folks x