Remote working - how to work from home

If you need to work from home, we’ve got some great tips to make the most of your time.

16 Mar 2020

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Due to the Coronavirus crisis, it looks like a lot of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future. And if you're wondering how to work from home most effectively, we've got some great ideas.

So let’s make sure you’ve got all you need to be productive, with some handy hints and tips for remote working…


Set up your workspace

When you're working from home, create a space with an 'office away from the office' feel. Set up a proper desk with everything you need, rather than getting a little too comfy on the couch.

 

Make a plan

How to successfully work at home? Plan out your day. Break your time down into hourly slots and fill them up with all you need to get done, including any calls and meetings. This will help you stay focused and switched on, as well as giving you time to have a proper lunch break.


Get the tech you need for the job

It’s important to give yourself the proper tools for the job. If you need a PC or work from home laptop, get one you’re comfortable with. There’s nothing worse than trying to work on large projects with a computer that just isn’t up to the task.

Accessories are important too. Treat yourself to a good wireless mouse, put on a decent headset and mic, and you’re all set to to be the superstar of your stay-at-home team. Get your work from home set up right, and the rest will follow.

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Stay connected and check your broadband

Because you’re not at your desk, it’s vital that you can be reached at any time during the working day. Is your home broadband reliable and up to speed? Now could be a good time to run a few essential checks…

  • Test your broadband speeds. Use an online checker (www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk is a good one) and compare what you’re actually getting with what your provider promised you.

  • Check your wiring. Is the router, socket and PC connected properly? Use the shortest cables possible.

  • Make sure that the modem or wireless router is the latest version, and correctly configured for a faster and stable connection. If you suspect your router could be giving you problems, call the technical support line of your provider and get them to test it.

  • Get the strongest wireless internet signal by moving your PC closer to the router. Make sure there’s nothing blocking or interfering with the signal.

  • Turn off any other connected devices in your home you don’t need to be using.

  • Don’t download large files or watch streaming videos during peak hours. This will affect the broadband performance on your line.
  • Believe it or not, using your microwave can reduce your Wi-Fi speed. That means it's best to avoid heating up your lunch while you have a video meeting scheduled. Don't let those leftovers be responsible for poor sound quality or laggy responsiveness.

If you’ve tried all the above and you’re still not happy with your home broadband, it might be worth switching to another provider. Pop into your nearest Currys PC World, or do it online here.

 

Remove distractions

Whether it’s that Netflix show you’re desperate to finish or that game you can’t wait to tackle, don’t underestimate the pulling power of home entertainment.

Halfway through the day, you might be wondering how to concentrate on your work! But be strong. In fact, lock away those joypads for your games console. They can be your end of day reward!


Remember to end your day

Without colleagues packing up around you and shouting goodbye, it can be easy to get stuck into a task and then let it drag on into the evening. This can be one of the pitfalls of working from home.

Set an alarm to remind you that it’s going home time. And when the alarm goes off, turn off your work-related tech. You’re off the clock! Now, where did you put those gaming joypads?

 

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