With the UK turning to remote working due to the coronavirus outbreak, you may find yourself swapping the co-working space or makerspace for your living room. Never fear, though – we’ve amassed ten handy hacks for ensuring you stay focused, energised and – above all – healthy while working from home.
1). Try and maintain a routine
Your innovation journey can go on many twists and turns, so staying to a routine isn’t usually par for the course. However, if you’re working in isolation, it can be easy to let things slide. Set yourself targets throughout the day, for example, items to make, people to contact, data you want to analyse and chapters you need to read.
2). Create a contingency plan
If progress on a project has been paused, try to think of the other things you can do. Take a look at an aspect of your business which might not usually get much attention, such as your content marketing plan or your long term business strategy goals.
3). Make a community
Self-isolation may sound scary, but it only means physical isolation. You should remain socially active. Back at STEAMhouse, you may have forged some close relationships with your fellow makers and entrepreneurs. Don’t let those relationships falter during these times – create a WhatsApp group or chat on Facebook. Stay connected and keep supporting each other virtually.
4). Stay in contact with your collaborators and other important people
Just because you can’t meet with your collaborators in person, it doesn’t mean you should cease all contact. Continue to schedule meetings with them via Skype or Microsoft Teams. Furthermore, you may have been planning to attend a conference or seminar that has now been postponed. Why not drop a line to an attendee you were looking to share ideas with, or the conference’s keynote speaker for some welcomed wisdom?
5). Dress for work
If you’re struggling to keep to a routine, what you wear may help. Working remotely means the temptation to work in your pyjamas is far too great. Ask yourself what your goal is for the day and dress accordingly. You may be looking to analyse market data or work on your latest product design, so wear clothes to match.
6). Utilise social media…
Not only is it a good source of information, it’s a useful way to stay connected. Go through your innovation journey with likeminded individuals by joining a Facebook group and network with other creative minds online.
7). …But don’t be afraid to turn it off
Social media can be a great boon and a real distraction. Make sure it doesn’t fall into the latter category. If you find the likes of Twitter and Instagram are becoming a hindrance, consider installing a web extension that blocks you from accessing certain sites for a set amount of time. StayFocusd and Cold Turkey are two prime, free examples.
8). Take regular breaks
Whether you’re on lockdown or working hard in the workshop, it’s easy to forget that as a go-getter you’re entitled to a break. Stay focused and energised by stepping away from your work. Go for a walk to clear your head (just remember about social distancing!), enjoy a home workout or even start a blog!
9). Learn a new skill
Being in isolation isn’t on anyone’s wish list, but try to think positively. One upside is it provides you with the opportunity to take on a new talent. Keep your mind active away from your studies and begin learning an instrument, start cooking or build up your professional skills.
10). Stay healthy
Perhaps the most important point of all. With the coronavirus being incredibly contagious, remain diligent and keep washing your hands. Furthermore, working in isolation can predictably cause feelings of loneliness and mental fatigue. Remember to reach out to friends, family and colleagues if you are feeling depressed.
We hope that these tips will be useful for you, don’t forget to put them into action.
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