Tips to get through your working days from home

Working from home... for some people very easy, and for some people it's a bit more of a hell. Now that a large part of the Netherlands has to work from home because of the coronavirus, we unfortunately cannot get out of it. 

While one person can lock themselves up in a room all day long, to work there with in full concentration, the other runs into quite a few problems. 

Consider, for example, the (sometimes difficult) communication with your colleagues, perhaps your children who are also at home all day, or the enthusiastic pets who are way too happy to you are home all day. 

Still, there are ways to make it more bearable. We have listed a number of tips for you here, including a number of tips from the startups and co-founders from our startup portfolio. 

Tip 1:

Try to keep your work and private life as separate as possible. This is really crucial. If you do not do this, you will only be left with unfinished work tasks in your head. This ensures less energy, you will eventually become less motivated, which in turn will result in less productivity. 

So whenever possible, create your own workplace at home. A fixed workplace where you spend your working hours. Put on your regular work clothes, just like you do when you go to the office, and stick to your normal working hours. 

Tip 2:

This is in line with the above: When you keep your normal working hours, it is also very good to really end the day. 

This can mean something different for everyone. For me, this means that at the end of the day I close my laptop and put it away and then have a nice dinner with my boyfriend. This provides me with relaxation and the feeling that my working day is really over. 

For some it also helps to really store the laptop, out of sight, so that you can no longer secretly answer an email. In any case, make sure that when you have finished work, you really end the day and start something else that relaxes you.

Tip 3:

Whenever possible: keep moving! Exercise is important for your mind. By exercising you'll make endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters that have been shown to work against anxiety and depression. There are now a lot of gyms that give sports lessons via live streams, so you could take advantage of that.

Don't feel like sweating in? Go outside, take a walk, enjoy the sun and nature. A small side note: do not go to busy places and of course keep 1.5 meters distance from others. 

Tip 4:

Keep eating healthy. Now that you are at home, you need less food than usual. So less sugars, but more vitamins C, D, B6, B12 and zinc. So eat enough fruit and meat, fish, nuts and dairy products. You will see that you get more energy from this and that you feel a lot fitter!

Tip 5:

Take plenty of breaks. Taking a break increases productivity. There is a misunderstanding that people think that skipping breaks will put more check marks on your to-do list. This is not entirely correct. The body needs regular rest during the working day.

Tips van onze startup portfolio:

Tip from Hidde, co-founder from Bittiq: 

What helps me a lot is going outside. The calls that are without video can also be made during a walk. That really works for me. 

Tip from Felix, co-founder from Neurolytics: 

Keep work and private life separate and maintain the standard work rhythm. Put on your regular clothes, as if you were going to work, and try to keep separate places where you work. Also store your laptop in the evening, out of sight. That way you really have time for private and relaxation and you keep a line between work and private life. 

Also take plenty of breaks and of course a lunch break. Otherwise you just sit there and continue working, where you still lose concentration. Then you get those sleepy grubby days, which are at the expense of your energy, quality and productivity. 

Tip from Matteo, co-founder from Bynd: 

Try to keep distractions like your phone or social media to a minimum. Also set short deadlines to achieve your goals or tasks. This way you know what to do and you can also be satisfied when you have finished something within a certain deadline.

Tip from Bram, co-founder from LocalPepper:

Create your own workplace at home. In addition, I have good digital communication with my co-founder and I try to keep moving a lot. What also helps me is our jungle cat, who sometimes comes around the corner 🙂 

Tip from Suzanne, Entrepreneur in Residence: 

Dress as if you were just going to the office. Your brain works largely on associations. If you spend all day in your sweatpants or pyjamas, you are unknowingly sending the signal that you don't have to be productive today.

Tip from Yvonne, co-founder from NearOnes:

We recently held a meeting by bicycle! A very nice, original way to combine being outdoors and work. 

NearOnes during a bicycle meeting

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