Top 5 Tips For Working/Studying From Home
As we enter the Post-Covid era of remote work and online lectures in our homes /student accommodation, we want our tenants and students to excel at their full potential. According to February 2022 National Statistics, 84% of workers who had to work from home due to the pandemic said they planned to carry out hybrid work in the future. Working from an apartment can be difficult at times, however setting up a dedicated routine and work space can enhance productivity and motivation when studying or working remotely.
We have put together 5 top tips on how you can master the art of hybrid work and be productive from the comfort of your home.
1. Declutter your Room
Living and working in the same place can feel cramped. Declutter your flat to avoid the embarrassment of a messy room as your zoom backdrop. Having a clean workspace has proven to reduce stress, and improve productivity and the ability to focus. Throwing out unwanted items or placing items in storage boxes, even under your bed will help free up space in your flat. Getting into a routine of making your bed and tidying your room in the mornings makes it easier and will come naturally to you after a while.
2. Create a Designated Work/Study Space
Setting up a designated work area makes it easier to separate your living and work space, especially if you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment. Dedicate a table specifically for working or studying preferably close to natural light, close to a window. This prevents you from getting into unhealthy slumps such as working from your bed and sofa, creating the boundary between sleep and work.
3. Open Your Windows
Let yourself breathe! Sleeping and working in the same room can be stressful at times. Opening your windows will let fresh air into your workspace and give you room to relax in small environments. Improving oxygen levels in your room will also help the brain fuel productivity and increase your energy and awareness. Likewise, investing in humidifiers or air purifiers will immediately reduce co2 levels and improve the humidity of your room.
4 . Get Creative with Your Work Space
If you are planning to work from home in the long run it is best to avoid a bland environment. Purchasing plants for your desk can add a touch of colour and even enhance productivity. Research conducted by the University of Exeter in 2014 discovered that employees’ productivity jumps 15% when work environments are filled with just a handful of houseplants. Pinboards, mood boards, and vision boards can be inspiring additions to your home office. These boards are great for motivation and keep you on track to achieving personal and work goals.
5. Take a Break
Use your breaks, get out of the flat and take a breather. Take a walk to your nearest coffee shop or café and make the most of your lunch. Why not change it up and take some of your work to a coffee shop? A different environment or a change of dynamics can break up your day and keep you energized. It can also give you a well-deserved caffeine boost.