Just like many of you, we have now been working from home for just over two weeks, doing our bit to #StayHome and stick to essential trips outside the house. We're starting to adapt to our home office and daily Zoom call catch ups with the team. If you're also getting used to remote working, check out our top 10 tips for working from home.

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Wake up, wash and get dressed

It can be so easy to roll out of bed only a couple of minutes before you start work and spend the day in your pyjamas. However, this can end up making you feel less motivated for the day ahead and doesn't set a boundary between your personal life and work. Wake up early, shower and get dressed and we promise you'll feel more energised for the day.

There's no need to get dressed up in your business attire, but some people do find this helps when working from home. If you're attending virtual conference calls with your colleagues, then it's also better to look presentable during these conversations.

Follow your usual workday routine

Try and follow your normal work hours so that you are sticking to your usual routine and this will help with your work life balance. Start your day in the same way as you would in the office: check your emails, make yourself a coffee or have a catch up with your colleagues.

Take regular breaks and get up and move around so you're not sat down all day. Have your lunch break around the same time you usually would and spend this time away from your computer screen. Finish your day at the same time every day if you can - switching off from the computer and having some downtime will prepare you for work the next day.

Establish work boundaries

When working from home there can be a lot of distractions, so we find putting some boundaries in place is a handy way to keep your mind on work. If you're not lucky enough to have a home office, set up a workstation in your house. This can be a private area or if you are working from home with children then set up on the kitchen table so you can keep an eye on your family. Keeping one dedicated make-shift office zone should help you work better and for longer.

Make a list of daily tasks and goals

Setting daily tasks at the start of the day that you would like to accomplish will give you ambition and structure from sitting down in the morning, all the way through to close of play. It's also good way of tracking what you have been working on so that you can give your team an update. Don't feel bad if you haven't finished all your tasks for the day, just prioritise them for the next day.

Woman working at home writing in her notebook

Pick up the phone when you can

When working from home it can become a habit to just send across emails rather than picking up the phone. However, from experience people really do appreciate a phone call and the opportunity to hear a friendly voice. Calling people can give the feeling for normality like being back in the office.

A phone call can also be personable and come across like you have made the extra effort. Pick up and dial, people will thank you for it.

Exercise

As we are now all home and unable to carry out our usual exercise regimes, we need to adapt to a home workout. Half an hour of exercise a day not only benefits you physically, but it is also great for our mental health as well.

There are plenty of ways you can exercise from home, with thousands of YouTube tutorials and free online work out plans or maybe you have some fitness DVDs in your collection. Alternatively, use your hour of outdoor exercise to go for a walk or run and get some fresh air. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, then why not make the most of it and exercise out there too?

Limit time on social media and your phone

It's really tempting to go on your phone to check social media but before you know it, this can easily take up chunks of your day and distract from your usual work tasks. By limiting looking at social media a couple of times a day, we find we're more motivated.

In the current circumstances, it's especially easy to find yourself reading and checking the news but again this takes your mind away from work and it can be hard to refocus. To keep up without getting distracted, we like to listen to the radio so we get regular news updates without picking up our phones.

Learn something new

Take this time to engage in something new such as training opportunities and online courses that will help with your personal development. There are a lot of useful webinars and online virtual events happening over the next couple of months that you can join. Keep an eye out for newsletters, blogs (take a look through the rest of our own posts here) or other useful content you can read and share with colleagues.

Keep in touch with your team

Working from home can leave you feeling lonely without your usual team around you, so it's important to stay in touch throughout the week. Plan regular catch ups with each other, even just quick 10 minute daily calls, to discuss what you've been working on and what you have planned for the rest of the day. A great way to do this is using video conferencing apps such as Zoom where you can all join the same call.

Look out for each other and speak up

Ensure you're looking out for each other and checking in on your colleagues. We're all currently going through uncertain times and you never know who could be struggling. Just a quick message to make sure everyone is doing well can go a long way. It's also important to speak up when you're struggling with something or need someone to talk to. If you're finding working from home tough, then get in touch with your line manager to discuss how the process can be made easier – they will welcome your honest feedback!

We're here for you

The Meet Bristol team are wishing everyone well during this difficult time. If your conference and events plans have been affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) then please remember we are here to support you. We're sharing news and advice over on Twitter and LinkedIn as well as on our regularly updated COVID-19 - resources for businesses page.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Bristol in the future.

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