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How To Structure a Working Day from Home

NCH Student Blog | May 14, 2020

With exams still ongoing for university students, it is really important to get used to a studying-from-home routine. Here are some of my top tips for a great working day from home:


Before the day begins

Establish your working hours and try to stick to your schedule.

Set your alarm accordingly (and at a reasonable hour) so you can utilise your time effectively.

Write a to-do list for the day. This will bring in some structure and will provide focus.

Get dressed and get ready like you normally would to train your brain to prepare for working.


During the working day

Work in bursts with breaks –  you could use laundry as a work timer. Anywhere from 30-60 minute slots work well and make sure have full concentration during those slots.

Be flexible with your time and work – trial and error.

Have lots of healthy study snacks. Try to use them as a reward to incentivise yourself.

Section off a bit of study space in the house. Keep this as your dedicated workspace and go there each day.

Make it harder to procrastinate by logging out of social media accounts.

Communicate your plans to housemates, family etc, so they know not to disturb you. It is also important for you to be realistic. There are going to be distractions like doorbells, siblings, partner, parents, chores!


When work is done

When the day is over, it’s really important to stop working. Put away the laptop!

Go for a walk or try an online workout/meditation. This is a great way to clear your head.

Stay in contact with other humans! Check-in with your friends and family to make sure they are doing okay.


Tabby Boyton, Law with Politics & IR