Create a separate, clutter free work space
It is important to create boundaries between work life and home life.
If you can you should work in a place that you wouldn’t usually spend your social time to create this distinction (such as at the dining table, in a spare bedroom or study).
Keeping the area clutter free will help you to focus.
Ensure your workspace allows for correct posture
Whilst it will be tricky to entirely replicate the office environment.
It is important that you do what you can to ensure your screen is at the correct height, you are sitting up straight, your arms are at right angles to your body, and your feet are flat on the ground.
Set distinct start and finish times
It is easy to lose track of time when at home, and it is important not to work more hours than you usually would.
Get washed and dressed
As tempting as it may be to work in your pajamas, the process of getting up, showered and dressed helps you to keep a sense of routine.
It also starts your day with a feeling of accomplishment.
Take regular breaks from screen time
Prolonged time staring at your computer screen can cause headache, neck or eye strain.
HSE recommend a 5-10 minute break from the screen every hour.
Get some fresh air
If possible, try to get some fresh air and sunlight throughout the day, even if this is just opening a window or going out into the garden.
Use your breaks to do something active.
Go for a short walk, do some stretches, dance around the kitchen or whatever you find enjoyable.
Connect with other people
If you are required to work from home for prolonged periods, you need to be mindful to not become socially isolated.
Try to make phone calls instead of emails whenever appropriate and keep in touch with your loved ones throughout the day.
Protect your lunch break
Ensure you schedule the time for a proper lunch break.
Do not do anything work related during this time such as answering the phone or responding to emails.
Use this time to recharge and have a healthy nutritious lunch.
Staying well hydrated helps to boost productivity, reduce aches and pains, maintain focus, and reduce fatigue.
Try to drink 2 litres of water (8 glasses) throughout the day.
Practice mindfulness/ meditation
Mindfulness is a great way to get yourself focused and ready for the day ahead, de-stress after a tricky phone call or help shut off from work after a long day.
Just 10 minutes each day can make a massive difference.
There are loads of free resources on getting started with mindfulness online.
Display screen equipment at home
We understand that many of you have been asked to work from home temporarily and in the strive to balance the risks associated with coming into work with risks associated with home working using DSE, we have provided some advice/tips.