This is a difficult and challenging time for all of us, both personally and professionally. Significant changes are being made to the way we all live and work and chances are things are not going to be changing any time soon.

One of the big changes a lot of companies and individuals are facing is the switch to remote working. Wherever it is possible, people are being advised to work from home. To a lot of people this might have been a dream scenario previously, but in this scenario it can far from ideal. However, let’s start to think positively and make the most of the situation. At Wizu, we have always been a remote based company and our team like to think they all have this remote thing sussed out.

Everyone has there own unique ways of working but there are some universal tips that can help you be more productive while ensuring you look after your mental and physical well being.

So today, we wanted to provide you with our top tips on remote working. If you want to discuss any of this or have any questions please feel free to email hello@wizu.com and one of our team will get back to you. We are here to help and share ideas and would love to hear your stories and tips on remote working. So here are some of our top tops.

  • Work when you work best – Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do your most challenging work when you work best, and the less demanding when you are not at your best.
  • Don’t work the last hour before sleeping – switch off and ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Drink lots of water – it’s good for your physical and mental well-being and means you have to get up to go the toilet frequently!
  • Exercise – this is really important. Get out your chair and walk around the garden or do some sit ups. This can also help break the train of thought. Even if it is just standing up once every hour just to get out of your chair.
  • Take long lunches (2 hours if possible) – As the day goes on you will start to slow down and lose focus. Take a long break to help recharge and be more productive in the afternoon.
  • Schedule dedicated distraction slots – increase your focus at key work times and schedule some times where you allow yourself to be distracted.
  • Use technology to stay up to date and be social – Remote working doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Stay in touch with friends and colleagues.
  • Get a dog –  Dog walking is the best time to ponder over decisions, listen to podcasts and forces you to take a break and get out the hour.
  • Create a schedule – including breaks and try to stick to it – routine is important
  • Have a dedicated work space – ideally away from your home such as a garage or spare bedroom if possible. Try to separate your work life from your home life.
  • Reward yourself – If you have a big project to complete then give yourself a break or a reward at the end of it.

For some of us we might need to juggle working from home with either childcare or even home schooling. A daunting task but again not without some solutions to try and make it work.

  • Get organised – do a timetable in advance for both the kids and you. Try and break things down into one-hour slots and ensure you alternate between being available and being focused on work.
  • Take breaks – for all of your sake it is important to stop working every now and again and have some free time.
  • Be flexible – chances are you are going to be less productive than usual during the day. This might mean getting some work done early on a morning before the kids get up or perhaps doing some work on an evening.
  • Split tasks – Some tasks are easier to do with less focus whereas others you need to fully focused. Perhaps save the most difficult tasks for when the kids are not around.
  • Start with exercise – Start the day with a little bit of exercise to get you all up and running. The Joe Wickes live PE lessons on YouTube are a great way for kids of all ages (and yourself) to wake up and get moving. After this the kids might be more open to sitting down and focusing on some work too.
  • Try not to stress – this is not going to last forever. If you slightly less productive for a few months and the kids don’t get a full days education it is not the end of the world. You can only do the best you can and everyone’s health and happiness is more important right now.

Don’t forget we are also offering our Remote Employee Pulse survey solution free of charge for the next 6 months. Find out more at https://www.wizu.com/what-we-do/remote-employee-pulse/