In the current situation, we are faced with the unknown concept of “lock down”, this is a time that many of us are bound to find challenging. For the majority, living in such close quarters with other members of our family, having to fit work in around our children and other caring responsibilities, could become somewhat of a nightmare. Some of us may be suffering from cabin fever, some of us may be suffering from the disruption of our normal daily routines. For many, the prospect of an extended isolation is likely to change the way in which we work.

Here at Firetherm, the team work from home regularly, so have plenty of experience of how to do this effectively. Check out our hints and tips:

Structure Your Day:
When working from home, you’re your own manager. Without things like an in-person meetings to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus and burn out. Our advice to you is structure your day like you would in an office, stay on schedule and segment what you’ll do and when over the course of the day.

Choose A Dedicated Work-space:
Where you can work from the same place every day. Dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work. When it’s time to clock out – leave that space and try not to return until the following morning. Working from home sometimes means that you are constantly on-the-go – but in these unprecedented times, it is important to switch off and spend time focusing on you and your families.

Communicate Your Expectations:
Make sure that your family know that you are working from home and respect your space during working hours – don’t be afraid to put time in your work diary for planning either – this time is the perfect opportunity for you look at your projects at hand and develop a path for moving forward.
Communication is a two-way thing – stay in regular touch with your contacts via the use of phone calls, teams’ chats, zoom, Skype or facetime. Remember we are still only a click or buzz away!

Commit to Completing Those Tasks
We all have projects or tasks that we try to avoid – let’s face it, no one’s job is perfect. So, during this time of lock down use your time wisely. Whether its writing a specification, completing product training, or finishing off those small tasks on the to-do list – commit to completing those tasks. Remember, our team are still on hand to help – Give us a call or drop us an email and we will work with you to start ticking off those tasks.

Music is the Soundtrack of Your Career
During the week, music is the soundtrack of your career. Whether you’re listening to it in the office, through your headset – the best playlists are the diverse ones, but our tip for working from home is match your music to your projects or tasks at hand. We are all going to have a lot of time to concentrate, so explore the powers of lyric-free music, designed to help with concentration – you are bound to power through that to-do list.

Working from home can be great…right until the distractions begin to get in the way. You will discover you have a neighbour who is a budding inventor and starts firing up the power tools, a pet that is becoming more needy as the days go on and your family will start to grind on your nerves. So, remember our most important WFH Tip:

Take a Break
Even when your working in the office,it is unlikely that you are 100% dedicated to the job 9-5. You will have a break, make a drink and have a catch up with your colleagues – make sure you do this at home.

Our team are still only a call or email away. So, give us a shout, use this time to speak with our technical and sales team to develop a fuller understanding of our products and how they work. Sign up to our online training sessions and remember to give us a shout if you have any queries on specifications or projects that will be coming up soon when everything resumes to normal.

Stay Safe
Team Firetherm