Five tips to help you work from home effectively

Many of the world’s office workers have had to shift to this new world of working from home with little time to prepare. Are you managing your day effectively?
Here are our five tips to help you work from home effectively and maximise this time spent indoors.  

1. Create your personalised workspace

Don’t work from the sofa. It won’t benefit your productivity or your posture. Instead, create a dedicated office space. Even if it’s a table in the corner of your spare room, living room or bedroom — make the space work for you. Don’t be afraid to add plants or photos — anything that brings joy to your working day. 

Feel proud of your space, dress appropriately, set yourself up in sufficient time, and have your favourite cup of tea or coffee at hand. 

2. Maintain your typical working hours

Set expectations with your colleagues about your availability and ensure you’re still achieving a work-life balance from home. Schedule breaks throughout the day to keep you focused and don’t forget to stretch — check out these five desk yoga poses to get you started.

Be conscious of burnout. Check out these tips from Harvard Business Review to avoid working from home burnout. 

3. Plan your day

In the words of Yogi Berra, former New York Yankees catcher ― “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” 

If you struggle to stay organised while at home, use a basic ranked to-do list priority matrix.

Complete your biggest (most complex) tasks at the time of day that you typically feel most productive. So, if you’re a morning person, work on your most complex/time-consuming tasks before lunch – and do your more monotonous tasks in the afternoon. 

4. Stay connected

Stay connected with your colleagues ― use Zoom or Teams to maximise face-to-face time in the meeting.

Don’t forget to book in some social catch-ups too (perfect during your least productive times) ― we’re all in this together after all! 

At Governance Institute, we’ve dedicated an hour a fortnight to do a social catch up with the entire organisation. 

5. Take advantage of online training opportunities

These are rapidly changing times, and you want to ensure that you have the confidence in your skills to complete your role at home and adapt to new developments. So if you need to complete training to support you in your development, do it online. This may also be a welcome change in your working from home routine!

If you have governance or risk management responsibilities, you'll find an entire range of online short courses here - including our recently updated Security Risk course. 

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