If you’re in a position to work remotely, you’ll know by now that it comes with pros and cons.
On the one hand, there’s no traffic to deal with and you can get away with wearing pyjamas on the bottom, but on the other hand, you might be missing some of the creature comforts of a professional office environment, or maybe you’re struggling without your usual workday routine.
Here’s what we think everyone needs to make the most of remote working.
A comfortable chair – Anyone who’s been sitting on their dining room chair for eight hours a day for six months has learned a valuable lesson: dining room chairs should not be sat on for eight hours a day for six months! Many companies are even allowing employees to take their office chairs home, so why not ask yours if that’s an option?
Headphones with a microphone – For many of us who have to share a remote working space with our families, we know how chaotic it can get with everyone trying to hold video meetings at the same time. A set of headphones with a built-in mic are critical for surviving remote working conditions.
Boundaries – You would probably get to work at around 8am and leave close to 5pm. Be firm about your working hours and stick to them within reason – if there’s an emergency at work, of course, you’ll pitch in, but emails sent after 8pm can wait until the next morning.
A second screen – Trust us, you might think it’s ok to just work on a laptop, but connecting your laptop to a second, bigger screen will change the quality of your remote working life in a big way. A widescreen makes it easier to have multiple programmes open and keep on top of everything. The LG 25UM58-P-Ultrawide Monitor ticks ALL the ultra-widescreen boxes, plus it’s got loads of split-screen options. This means you can resize and display multiple windows at once with an impressive 14 viewing modes!
A good routine – Without colleagues around you, it’s easy to forget about things like taking breaks, eating lunch or even just looking up from your work now and again. Try to keep to the same routine that you would have if you were in the office, breaking up your work with tea breaks or mini walks around the garden. It will help you be more productive in the long run!
A UPS – A UPS (or uninterrupted power supply) will make sure you can at least power your router so you can still connect to the internet even if there’s no power. They’re very small, don’t cost a fortune and are very easy to use.