DeTrafford > Tips For Working From Home With DeTrafford
Like the rest of the country, most of us here at DeTrafford are working from home. Luckily, our designers have had working from home in mind for many years now – as we’ve designed all of our properties to be great spaces to work in.
As the rest of the team embraces home working, we have pooled our collective experience of home working and put together a list of ways to overcome the challenges of home working and tips to make you more effective than ever outside of the office.
Not everyone has access to outdoor space – but the benefits of fresh air and greenery are almost impossible to overstate. We design our apartments to ensure access to roof gardens and communal open areas for this very reason.
If, however, you live somewhere with little access to outdoor space try adding a number of houseplants to your room and ensure you’re allowing natural sunlight in through an uncovered window.
Distractions are everywhere – and in our homes this is even more true. How many times whilst you’ve been working from home have you found yourself wanting to watch TV or play a game or indulge in any other of the myriad distractions you have in your home?
Try to remove these distractions as much as possible so that the temptation lessens. Set yourself dedicated breaks in which you can leave your work and enjoy a short ‘blast’ of these hobbies if required.
Dedicate a space
Some living spaces are small, and finding dedicated space can be hard. The alternative of working from your bed or sofa, which most of us have tried since lockdown, makes it far harder to concentrate on tasks. If you don’t feel like you’re in a space to work, you won’t work effectively.
Don’t ditch the commute
The commute that you undertake to work each day may seem like a chore, but it’s also an important part of getting yourself into a specific mindset. As you travel to work, you begin to focus on your working day. When you leave, you relax and let go.
At home, with no commute to help you mentally ready and relax for work, it can become easy to become overburdened or demotivated.
Try taking a short walk outside pre and post-work, or enjoying a morning coffee away from your phone or household distraction just thinking about your day ahead and visualising it.
Make a routine, stick to the routine
Working from home, as we’ve discussed, brings many distractions with it. But to stay motivated, it’s best to create some kind of routine. Everyone works differently, so what routine works for one person won’t work for another. Some ideas you can try are:
Strict 9-5: Adopt the same routine as your office life and see how it fits.
Peak periods: Work at your highest productivity points – for some people this is late at night.
Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes of focused work, 5 minutes of distraction. Repeat until your workload is done.
Working from home can feel isolating – hence our focus on community in our designs for all our properties. The importance of staying connected with colleagues and clients is more apparent than ever when you work from home. Video calls are a great way to stay in touch and feel more authentic than a voice call – but you’ll need a laptop to properly leverage software like Zoom rather than using a mobile phone.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a better working from home experience before we all return to normal. If you’ve loved working remotely and want to make it a more permanent thing, why not buy a home that has remote working in mind? With rooftop gardens, communal spaces and high speed WIFI built into all of our developments, DeTrafford homes are here to help you live and work. Learn more today by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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