Tips for Working From Home

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Transitioning from working in an office to working from home can be challenging, from not having a desk or home office, to difficulty maintaining productivity and a work/life balance. To help with these challenges, we offer some tips to boost motivation, productivity and wellbeing while working from home.

Feeling unmotivated? Try the Pomodoro Technique! What, you’ve never heard of a technique named after a tomato sauce? The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, named for the tomato-shaped egg timer he used to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.

The method is simple, spend 25 minutes focusing on the chore or project, then take a 5-minute break to walk outside (or around your home if you cannot go outside), grab a snack or whatever you’d like.
Here are the steps:

  • Decide on the task to be done.
  • Set your timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  • Work on the task.
  • End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  • Take a 5-minute break

Feeling cramped? We understand that not everyone has a desk at home, but sitting too long in one position on the sofa or even at the kitchen table while working on the computer can strain your back and neck. To avoid this and also keep a work/home boundary, set up a designated and ergonomic workspace with these tips:

  1. Set up a desk and chair where your elbows can be bent to 90 degrees, meaning your hand naturally lands in line with your keyboard. If you do not have an adjustable chair, you can use a pillow to adjust your height.
  2. It is important to make sure that your feet touch the ground while sitting at your desk to take the pressure off your legs and lower back. Using a footstool is a great way to make this happen.
  3. Lastly, to avoid straining your neck, you should make sure that the top of your monitor is at eye level.
  4. As we’ve said previously, try to remember to get up and walk around, perhaps when you are on conference calls (as long as you are not invading the space of anyone else working from home right now.)

Let us know which tips you tried and which worked best, and feel free to share tips of your own. As always, we at ThermaSol wish you health, happiness and wellness.