We saw this article from Business Insider and it got us thinking to how to navigate this “new normal” of home working. Diversity Travel is operating 100% from home at the moment and it’s not without it’s challenges. Our Account Manager, Greg Cooper, who has always worked remotely, explains some of his top tips and asked some of his colleagues for their handy hints to make the most out of your day
1. Set up your work station
You need to have a proper place to work from – table, chair, good light – this helps with concentration and helps add some structure to your “work” environment; even in small apartments, this should be achieveable.
2.Tend to your pets before you start work
Your furry friends are just excited that you’re staying home all the time – try tending to them before work starts – get your hour-walk in with your dog before your first call and they’re less likely to interupt you during a conference call or when you’re getting stuck into a report.
Chris Hellawell, our Director of Account Management has Frenchie, Eva, to keep him company during the day – we think she’s loving having him at home, too!
3. Take breaks
When you’re in an office environment, you’re often walking between meetings, having conversations over desks or spurs and engaging with colleagues face-to-face. At home, everything is virtual, so you need to keep getting to your feet, walk around, drink plenty of water and break up the day. It will keep you motivated and stop things becoming monotonous.
Our Head of Sales, David Coe, goes for a walk with his daugther, Luna, each day – 30 minutes of exercise and breaks up the day!
It’s important that you keep some structure to your day and having a routine always helps. Maintain a diary as if you were in the office environment, make sure you build in ‘lunch breaks’ and, as above, make sure you do move around.
Having a routine also helps to keep you disciplined and also allows you to put your ‘tools down’ and know when to stop working for the day.
5. Make use of technology
Video conferencing is nothing new – but now more than ever, being able to utilise the power of video is so important for us to maintain relationships – both for business and to stay in touch with family and friends. We’ve been using Microsoft Teams, which is great. HouseParty has also surged in popularity, alongside Zoom, which until now has very much been business-focused but allows anyone to download and stay in touch!
6. Keep safe, stay home!
Finally, we all have a huge part to play in order for the world to get back to some level of normality. By staying home, we’re supporting our health service and stopping the spread of this virus.
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