Working from home can be a dream come true—no early alarm to catch the overcrowded train into the office, comfortable clothes, and AAA to your fridge. However, this often comes with its own set of challenges that can make productivity a struggle. Here are some tips to help you stay productive even when working remotely.
One of the most essential aspects of working from home is establishing a schedule. Without set office hours, it can be tempting to stay in bed for longer or take extra-long lunch breaks. Having a routine will help you maintain focus and stay on track. Try time-blocking your calendar into sections to plan your day, just like this example.
Create a dedicated workspace that is separate from your comfortable areas. Working from the sofa or bed may seem like a good idea, but it can make it hard to focus on work. Having a designated workspace helps to create a mental distinction between work time and personal time in your home.
While working in pyjamas may be tempting, getting dressed in the morning can help switch your mind into “work mode.” Dressing up in professional attire can be highly motivating and help increase productivity levels.
Working from home comes with lots of distractions like chores, family members, social media, or even the TV. To maximize productivity, try creating a focus playlist or podcast, that helps you stay focused or use noise-cancelling headphones to block out noise. You can also set a timer to take short breaks and use the break time to attend to any personal tasks.
Working from home can feel like you’re out of the loop, so staying connected with co-workers is essential for maintaining morale. Regular communication can help you stay accountable, bounce ideas, and keep the work moving forward!
Finally, remember to take care of yourself. Be sure to take regular breaks, eat healthy meals, stay hydrated and get your steps in with your four-legged friends. It’s easy to forget these things when working from home, but they will help you stay focused and energized throughout the day.
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This July we welcomed Samira, our intern for the week. Here’s what Samira had to say about her work experience week with the Impact team.
When Nick Evans, the founder of Impact Creative London, introduced me to the team, I immediately felt welcomed and like a part of the organisation. Within the first day of shadowing Daniel Asaya, a Consultant at Impact Creative, all of my initial fears about the job went away. I found the fast-paced nature of the role challenging and exciting, allowing me to explore what I enjoyed in the working environment. assistant, to my surprise, I found the challenge exciting.
Throughout the work experience week, the team trusted me to take on any task they sent my way, which greatly boosted my confidence in my abilities. Once I had completed one task I was able to move on to the next immediately and never felt afraid to ask a question when I needed to, as the team was consistently reassuring and supportive.
Additionally, I was able to express my creativity through social media marketing and creating advertisement designs for Impact’s LinkedIn using Canva. As well as developing conventional office habits such as curating notes for the registration of a potential candidate. Being provided with the chance to develop skills that go beyond the office has set me up for future success, and I am grateful for the opportunity.
I have really enjoyed my time here, at Impact, and have been lucky to have been within a friendly, positive and professional environment. Here at Impact lies amiable individuals who create a warm and friendly office that carry themselves with gracious professionalism and truly care about your future. I will be eternally grateful for all that I have learnt during my work experience and cherish the time spend with the team that I have built a friendship with!
If you’d like to find out more about our work with schools, read more on our social impact here.
As part of our Social Impact Programme, we partnered with Inspire to co-facilitate a financial literacy workshop for Year 7 students at Clapton Girls’ Academy – a well-known East London-based secondary school.
Inspire! Is a local charity and education business partnership working in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Camden, Islington and beyond. Inspire! provide work experience, work-related learning and additional support programmes to young people aged 3 to 24. Impact is one of the 1000s of employees who work alongside Inspire, volunteering time each year to help young people in the local area to develop and understand the skills needed for their futures.
The workshop was designed to help 11-year-old students understand how to manage money responsibly, and develop budgeting and problem-solving skills. It was also designed to help them develop confidence in making responsible financial decisions.
Here’s what our ED&I Recruitment Specialist, Daniel Asaya had to say about this inspiring workshop:
“It felt absolutely rewarding to have volunteered for Inspire on behalf of Impact. The workshop kicked off with introductions (name and profession) in a manner the students would understand – this involved breaking down lots of information in a simple yet interesting manner.
The students were super responsive, engaged and positive throughout. Thanks to the teachers for their support in coordinating the room.”
“There were lots of interesting activities but one that stood out was the “In 10 years” task – where the students were asked to imagine their lives at 21 years old. What they might be doing – where they might be living or spending their money on. They were then asked to create and present a character which included a lifestyle and spending habits around ‘needs’ and ‘wants’.”
More so, it was very impressive to see the students come up with a widely diverse set of characters including a Trans, Bisexual character who lived in London, had an iPhone and owned a house. This was brilliantly presented to the class and received a positive reception by their peers. Experiencing this moment of consciousness and social awareness from 11-year-olds was fantastic to see, and gave us hope for a more inclusive and welcoming society.
Impact will be continuing into 2023 holding a placement partnership with Inspire as part of our Social Impact Schedule.
If you are interested in learning more about our social impact initiatives or future ED&I events/discussions, please email Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org