The idea of working from home sounds appealing – the chance to work in your own time without interruption or missing the daily commute in the comfort of your dressing gown! However, the reality of working from home, especially with so many people self-isolating and living in lockdown, can be very difficult and stressful.
Bien Venue know these are challenging times for all of us, the new normal is taking some getting used to.
We are aware that there are lot of blogs available offering advice on remote working and managing your workload during these strange times, but we wanted to share with you the top tips from Team BV.
It’s important to find something that works well for you so can approach the day feeling more inspired, motivated and productive.
At Bien Venue our whole ethos is all about being professional, pro-active and personal and that positive mindset runs through our home working like a stick of rock.
As Event Professionals we love a to-do list! A daily list sharpens the focus on tasks in hand, sets out goals for the day and is ultimately rewarding as you strike off another task and move on to the next one.
Strong planning can help make sure you are prepared as possible for whatever the day ahead throws at you. Being pro-active is all about having the right mindset, setting aside time in your daily schedule for some fitness or exercise can energise you. Our team have been finding PE with Joe Wickes a great way to start the day, lunch time walks and taking the time for some mindfulness podcasts.
Our team work in events because we have a real passion for meeting people and developing trusted relationships. Bien Venue value a personal approach with our clients, the industry as well as our colleagues, at the moment it might not be possible to meet people face-to-face, but video calls and scheduled catch ups are important to your moral as well as working relationships. Remember to stay social!
Whilst working in the current environment it is important to try and maintain a positive mindset. If you are finding yourself demotivated or struggling to concentrate without other people to bounce off and talk to then we’ve put together some helpful tips, together we can get through this!
Here are our top 5 tips when working from home:
Home “office” environment
Find a quiet area in your home where you feel you would work the most effectively, this will provide you with the right mindset and give you motivation to get on with the task in hand with limited distractions.Team BV Working From Home – Tip 1
Our team have found that having a physical space set aside for work in your home to concentrate is really helpful and also one that you can walk away from!
Plan you time
Set a “To do list” for you to concentrate on each day giving yourself a time frame from when you think you can complete it by. If you find yourself spending to much time on one task, mix it up to break up your day.Team BV Working From Home – Tip 2
Set aside time for some form of daily exercise, this will help with keeping your mind active and to hopefully help with motivation.Team BV Working From Home – Tip 3
Some of our team have adapted to online yoga, meditation and even Jo Wickes daily PE workout! It doesn’t have to be a 10k run, it could be anything from a few sit ups, a walk around the block or even a word search or puzzle. By scheduling something as simple as a walk into your daily routine it can help to relax and refresh your mind – obviously following the government guidelines!
Technology – You’re not alone!
With the technology we have today it’s very hard really to find yourself alone, our team find that by spending 10-15 minutes a day to make a phone call to a colleague to talk about work or how they are finding working from home really helps as they are in the same situation and can relate to how you feel. Setting up a shared quiz or group task can be a bit of fun and help reinforce that you are working as part of a team.Team BV Working From Home – Tip 4
The team at Bien Venue have used Microsoft Teams for team meetings, run presentations, set challenges and even use as a virtual space for water cooler chats!
Keep focused and motivated
Try to avoid switching off from tasks in hand and thinking that putting the TV on for a bit will help to motivate you– trust us, this does not work! You will find yourself more distracted and less motivated if you are sat watching the latest episode of Cash in the Attic!Team BV Working From Home – Tip 5
If you are going to watch something, try watching an inspirational or motivational video to help keep the energy going. BV have been enjoying reading Dr Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese this month as this is about change and is something we can all relate to at the moment!
We’re always here to help, if you fancy a virtual coffee or a chat get in touch with us and we’d love to talk – firstname.lastname@example.org.