- Posted Tuesday April 28, 2020
Working from home can be extremely challenging for some people, especially those who have never done it before and are used to physically go into the practice or a workplace every day.
Although there are many people who must still be in work, some PMs have said they have started working remotely as well as their administration teams. As the nature of work is changing and some people find it difficult to separate work and home, we want to share some useful tips on how to make remote working more efficient.
Create a Morning Routine - prepare yourself to “go” to work
Having a daily routine can help you feel more organised. Waking up at the same hour every day and following the same schedule not only helps with productivity levels but also makes you feel more effective and mentally ready to get through your to-do list.
Communicate with your team - stay in touch regularly
Communication is key! As a manager, you need to lay down some ground rules for you team to be organised and remain consistent. You could set a weekly or daily meeting for you and your team to discuss any issues, ask them how they’re feeling and let them know that even remotely, you are there to support them.
(That means you really can’t be in your PJs!)
Write a realistic to-do list
Taking the last 15 minutes of your day to write your to-do list for tomorrow will not only boost your productivity levels, but it also helps you wake up with a set of plans and intentions rather than feeling lost and stressed with the priorities you need to make. Even crossing off small tasks on your list will definitely help you feel more productive.
Interact with your team “outside work” / Socialise with your colleagues
It’s an opportunity to provide social interaction and talk about non-working topics. For example, a Friday pub quiz get-together using a video-call app, a 10 minute catch up or a virtual drinks party after work can help reduce feelings of isolation and increase a sense of belonging.
Take regular breaks - you deserve them!
Try to move as much as you can and take small breaks from the screen every now and then. A 10-minute walk, a half-hour break for lunch, even a coffee break is important for your wellbeing and mental health.
First Practice Management members can access our Homeworking Policy, along with a wide range of regularly updated draft policies and documents relating to information security and governance from our Policies and Procedures Library.