working from home productively

my Top Ten Tips on productive home working

Annette Greenwood has been a certified personal coach for over fifteen years. She has pioneered projects for the third sector and coached within the Ministry of Justice as well as being a published author. Her tips have been used on BBC radio as well as in the Telegraph, The Northern Echo and Woman’s Own.

Keeping the balance is fundamental for your health and wellbeing, especially if you are new to remote working due to the recent outbreak of Covid -19. Despite what’s going on outside, if you keep your inner wellbeing in top shape it will pay off. So we are delighted to share her top ten tips and strategies that really work to keep you feeling positive and healthy.

1. Keep to a daily routine as having structure is great for your mental health.

As humans, we are creatures of habit, take away our routines and we can quickly feel stressed! When working from home, try to get up at the same time as you normally would, have breakfast at a reasonable time, shower, get dressed, all the usual things that help you to get into 'work mode'.

2. Start the day with this positive affirmation. ”I am grateful for..."

Starting your day looking at things you are grateful for gets you focusing on the positive things around you making you feel happier and more in control. Try to find 3 things.

3. Be sure to set your intention to have a productive day if that is your aim.

Make an agreement with yourself that you will have a productive day today. Write a to-do list and focus on one thing at a time, enjoy the satisfaction of ticking each thing off, no matter how small a task.

4. Make sure you take regular breaks away from the computer.

Taking regular screen breaks actually helps to improve our productivity, quality of work, attention levels and awareness. Listen to your body, if you are finding it difficult to concentrate, feeling tired, hungry or restless, these are all signs its time to take a break!

5. Put aside 30 minutes daily to engage in some kind of physical activity e.g. yoga, walking, circuit training in your garden or living room.

When we exercise, our brains produce more serotonin, a chemical which acts as a mood stabiliser to help us to relieve depression and reduce stress. You can access free circuit training here and even a yoga session here.

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6. Keep in touch with colleagues so that you don’t feel isolated.

Feeling socially connected, especially in a world where our normal ways of socialising are limited at this time, is more important than ever. Be sure to check in with friends, family and colleagues via phone and video call platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts and Skype.

7. Create a workstation you can feel positive and productive in. Having a vase of flowers or hanging some art or photographs on the wall can really help.

A clean, well kept workspace encourages productivity as it helps to clear the mind. Studies have shown that those surrounded by flowers and other plants often have an increased chance of thinking creatively and coming up with solutions to problems.

8. Learn to meditate even for five minutes - it’s a valuable part of my tool kit!

Meditation helps to quieten the mind, improve attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. Check out the Key Wellbeing coronavirus support page for some free guided meditations.

9. Take three regular slow deep breaths consciously to lower stress levels.

When we breathe deeply, stress levels are reduced as our slow, deliberate, deeper breaths send a message to the brain to calm down and relax.

10. You may have heard this before BUT drink plenty of water, regularly stretch and move around.

Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body. Check out the desk stretches video from Key Wellbeing here. You can also find tips on health and nutrition here.

Above all please be KIND to yourself

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