Working from Home – My 7 Step Guide
- When I get out of bed in the morning I always get dressed and have my usual two morning caffeine fixes before starting work. I found staying in my pyjamas all day, just does not get me geared up for a productive working day.
- I have set the barrier for myself between home and work as I find sitting on the sofa can complicate the two. Have you got a study or a spare room you can use as your office? If so, try keep everything work related there. Ensure you have the correct temperature and light to work well. I always open the windows and let fresh air in throughout my working day.
- I find it is easier to stay focussed if my day is planned, so I make lists and give myself deadlines. I make a list of specific tasks that need doing, and tick jobs off when I’ve completed them.
- Large projects can be overwhelming, so I find it easier to tackle them in small, manageable chunks. It takes a bit of careful/extra planning but it avoids that ‘stuck’ feeling.
- . Phoning my boss or colleagues for an update (or maybe just a chat) reminds me that I am at work, even though I am not at the office. It also makes me feel more connected with what’s going on in the business.
- I make sure I have time for lunch. I attempt to try and stay away from my computer, go for a walk or run an errand. It is sometimes an effort, but it does make me feel refreshed when I return to my desk, and can only be good for me and my work.
- . I am lucky enough to be motivated simply by knowing my Boss is expecting my work by a set deadline, but for those who don’t work under anyone, may you could invent ways of rewarding yourself at the end of each task or day.