The measures taken by authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19 have been a shock to all Australians. But at Campos Coffee, we know they are necessary to contain the virus.
Personal precautions such as social distancing, only going out for essential trips, regularly washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and “elbow bumps” instead of shaking hands have changed the way we act and live. Even the routine of sitting down at a cafe for a morning coffee has changed!
One of the central moves to combat the spread has been the push towards working from home. If you have found yourself in this position, it may be new to you, and you may be wondering what you should do next.
So let’s take a look – how can you get the most out of working from home?
Before you start
Have a dedicated space in which to work
Make sure you have a comfortable and quiet space in which to work, but make sure that your workspace is a healthy one too. Buy a desk that is the right height, and invest in an ergonomically designed chair that will protect your posture.
Establish your favourite working hours
One of the great advantages of working from home is to be able to structure the day. Do you work better in the early morning? Or are you a late-night person? Experiment to see which works best, then set an eight-hour day that reflects this.
Set strict parameters
Ask family and friends to respect your working hours. Arrange for others to take care of pets and children during these times, as much as is practicable.
When you work
Prepare at the start of the day
Go through the normal preparations for work. This may include showering, eating breakfast, having a quiet cup of tea or coffee and dressing as you would for a regular workday.
One of the best ways to stick to a routine is to block all distractions. This includes visits from friends, demands from the kids and online distractions such as social media and surfing the Internet.
Take a break, enjoy a coffee
Go for a daily walk to relax and unwind and help keep you fit. (Just ensure you keep the required distance from other people). Learn how to make yourself an excellent cup of coffee, using quality beans sourced online. You can buy beans online at Campos Coffee and have them delivered directly to your door.
Keep in contact
Isolation is one of the main problems of working remotely. Book in daily virtual meetings with other staff or other remote freelancers. Zoom video calls and Slack messaging provide great ways to keep in touch.
Monitor your workflow and invest in your work-from-home business
Record your work time
Use apps such as RescueTime, Freedom and FlowTime to keep on top of your work. Keep a detailed record of your productivity so you can see where you may need to make changes.
Invest in learning to stay ahead
As your remote work progresses, keep time in your diary to learn new skills relevant to your business. You can overcome the need for social distancing by enrolling in online courses or signing up for webinars.
Following these tips will help you work productively in a home environment. You will also do your bit to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus and learn new skills. It’s essential to keep your spirits up, so make sure you allocate breaks during the day (and the week) to allow for an excellent work/life balance. Stay connected with work colleagues and take regular breaks to make yourself a great coffee!
Don’t forget – Campos coffee offers the finest coffee to help you work productively at home.