BEING THAT I WORK FROM HOME THE MAJORITY OF MY LIFE, I THOUGHT I WOULD LET YOU GUYS IN WITH SOME HELPFUL WAYS WHICH HELP SEE ME THROUGH A WORKING WEEK.
IT REALLY ISN’T AS EASY AS IT LOOKS, AND CAN LEAVE YOU CLIMBING THE WALLS, GETTING EASILY DISTRACTED AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE TO DO OTHER THAN WORK.
READ ON FOR SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO KEEP THAT MOTIVATION FLOWING & YOUR WORKING DAY GOING!
- KEEP ROUTINE
Get up at the same time you usually would if you were going to work ⏰ If you commute, use the time wisely to do some house work or read the paper and have breakfast before starting your working day. This way you won’t start work early and burn out. Keeping routine is key!
2. DEDICATED WORK SPACE
If you have an office great! If not, shift some stuff around – find the best room in the house to accommodate you, whether it is the spare room, the dining room etc. Anywhere where you will have enough space to have your laptop and any additional paperwork, or working items you may need with you 💻Ensure you have all your vital equipment before you start your working day i.e pens, diary, printer etc. You can work from the sofa, but don’t forget you need to stay 100% motivated and personally the sofa is a major distraction for me, however you may find it different! 😉
3. STICK TO DAILY WORKING HOURS
If you work a 8-5pm or 9-5pm, try and stick to these working hours as much as you can. Take your regular breaks at your normal times – whether it be 15 minutes at 10:30am, or an hour for lunch at 12:30 for example. This will help with your daily routine and keep you going in the best way possible. If you start slacking and not working to your original schedule, you will find your motivation may drop, and you won’t be completing as much work as you should be.
4. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Even if it’s just walking to the kitchen to make a cuppa, or popping outside to stand in the sunshine for 2 minutes and breathe in the fresh air. Make a note of regular interval breaks you would usually take whilst at work, and incorporate them into your working day from home. Be strict with yourself on time limits, and dive straight back into work when you return.
5. COMFY CLOTHES
The best thing about working from home – no suits, ties, heels or jackets! You can wear sweats, PJ’s, joggers etc, you don’t have to get dressed up and do your hair/makeup (unless you’re doing conference calls!), but make the most of being in comfy lounge clothes and not having to iron a shirt in the morning, or buff your shoes before heading out the door! 👞
6. THE FRIDGE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
Stay away! ❌Although obviously not for the whole day – you do still need to have your lunch 😁 Just don’t mistake the fridge as an excuse to get away from work and have a break every 5 minutes. Your hips will soon see the difference, and you’ll be having to make a list of more food to buy quicker than you expected. The fridge is a major distraction, but if you’re struggling maybe buy some fruit or nuts, or something that won’t mean you’re reaching for the fridge handle every time.
Having a bit of music on in the background can actually help with progressive work. As long as it’s not blaring and is actually helping you plod along with the daily grind, plug those earphones in and find some motivational tunes to keep you upbeat! 🎵
At this time we have been issued with going outside only ONCE a day for the next three weeks. Make the most of this time as it will help with your mental wellbeing! You are only able to go outside alone or with members of your household so anyone you come across you WILL need to social distance yourselves from just to be safe, but exercise is definitely important during this time so do it!! It will also make you feel better after sitting at home for long periods of time, and will get you out the house and breathing fresh air for a bit.
9. HOUSEWORK IS NOT IMPORTANT
Don’t get distracted by cleaning, dusting, cooking dinner etc – it is STILL a working day for you. Shut the door to the kitchen, bedrooms etc in your house if you feel you want to clean that particular space as it is not important and can be done after your working day.
10. HIDE YOUR MOBILE AWAY
I really struggle with this on a daily basis, and have found that putting my phone on silent and hiding it behind my laptop screen really helps. With all the pinging, and lighting up when something comes through on an app, or a message etc, you will get distracted from your work and end up spending every 5 minutes picking it up to reply to messages, check facebook or look through pictures on instagram. Your working day is not the time to be doing this, so put your phone in another room if you have to, or turn it on silent and hide it away, you will thank me!