At Henshaw Eyewear we care for our community. We want to add valuable tips as we all make changes to our working lives during the recent developments across the world. Remote working has become top of mind to so many companies and teams across global commerce. With the duration uncertain at this time, setting yourself up for success is more important than ever.
1. Your Morning Commute
Most of us are used to waking up, some quick breakfast and whoosh we are gone out the door running for a bus, tram or on our bikes! Now, there is none of this! Hooray, we hear your cheer. Or do we? Your commute is now a few steps from your bedroom, “that’s amazing you say?, Yes, it’s convenient but there is some best practice to this new commute.
Get up at the same time you always did, get dressed like you would for clothes (Say no to the PJ’s!), eat your normal breakfast, coffee in hand head for your office and start your to do list immediately, This will help set the tone for the day, focus your mind on your tasks and give you a quick, early win and feeling of self accomplishment after the to do list is created!
Hubspot employee and remote worker, Lindsay Kolowich says: “I'm a morning person and find I can get a ton done in the early morning hours, so this works really well for me."
2. Pick a Dedicated Space for work
Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work that you can associate with your job. Mentally, we tend to adapt to new situations with the introduction of routine. With this in mind, select a spot in your house that has good light, and air flow and somewhere that can act as an “escape” within your own home. These factors will allow you to know that when you enter this space, it is for work and not for other household tasks such as the laundry or emptying the dishwasher.
Grow Remote Ireland gives great insight into this in a recent piece with Marie Moynihan of Scrapinghub.“ I set it up as if I was in an office. I created a nice work environment that I knew I would be excited to go to every day. It is also a space I leave at the end of the day and can turn the light off – this is important so you don’t feel you can never escape from work. I would avoid working at the kitchen table for instance – you could be distracted and also not be able to switch off.”
Leading Workplace wellbeing Specialists in Ireland, Spectrum.Life, have a great podcast on Ergonomics with expert Brian Crinnion looking at setting up your workspace at home. Brian says: “Working from home is here to stay so it’s important to get it right from the start and eliminate bad habits such as having your head forced downwards. Our necks often trigger pain when something needs to be changed, we often get neck pain towards the end of our working day” Solutions include, elevating your screen, our elbows should be at 90 degrees to the table. Tops tips from Brian include:
- We have to evaluate what we have to hand, what type of chair, what type of table.
- Check if you have a spare keyboard or mouse in the house.
- Elevate your laptop, you want the top toolbar of the screen in line with your eyes. You can use thick books or shoeboxes to prop up your laptop.
wfhfurniture Ireland, based in Dublin are offering amazing pop up desks and chairs custom made to your space at home and delivered to your door for just €200! These guys are getting great reviews, so they could be worth checking out.
3. Don’t Stay at Home all day
But I thought I was working from home now? No! Get outside, take a walking meeting around your estate or local park. Bring your phone and headphones with you to get some needed fresh air, and get your steps up for the day, and get paid to do it! It’s a win win!4. Communicate your new working arrangements with your housemates
Let your housemates/family know that you are now working from home. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean that you are “home”. Set some boundaries and if your housemates are also working from home this is especially important. It’s easy to get distracted by others, so agree your schedules at the beginning of the day and meet for lunch or coffee at agreed times once your prioritised tasks are complete.
5. The temptation of Social Media Scrolling
Today, with all the news, it’s normal to want to be in the know. At the office, we all pick up the phone and see the latest headlines but now that you are working from home, you need to discipline yourself to not get sucked into this social media bubble, at least while you are in your home office working. A few measures you can take are
- Only have your work phone in your office. Leave your personal phone downstairs
- Use Incognito as your browser on your laptop
- Delete all social media account bookmarks on your computer
6. Monitor your screen time
Usually, you come home from work and watch Netflix or sports. Now, you are looking at your laptop, monitor or Desktop all day and just downstairs, there are more screens waiting for you. Keep an eye on this. Our eyes are not built to absorb Digital Light from screens which is also known as Blue Light. This Blue light can cause Headaches, dry, itchy eyes and affects our sleep. We would recommend wearing Blue Block glasses during your working day to reduce eye fatigue making you feel better after a long task in the home office. Digital Eye Strain is affecting most of us due to our prolonged screen time. You can read about the benefits of blocking such blue light here.
7. Keep a journal near your desk
Journaling is a great way to jot down your to do list, your top priorities for the day, but more importantly, jot down how you feel. These are testing times, so it is normal to feel a little off. Getting these feelings down on paper can immediately help you to process your thoughts a little better, according to Iradio’s Wellness Guru Alana Duffy. Practicing gratitude each day also has a profound effect on your mental health. Focusing on positives in your life and surroundings can gradually shift your outlook.
Other tips for general wellbeing while working from home include:
- Make sure you are sitting near a window with ventilation
- Have your seat set so you have a straight posture and pin your shoulders back
- Drink water regularly
- Take calls standing up, or ideally when walking in the house if possible or out and about.
- Keep in contact with your friends via Face time, calls, texts. This is proven to lift our morale.
We hope that you found this list helpful and can implement some of these tips to your working day. For more information on the benefits of blocking blue light during your work day, please read more of our educational content.