If you’re lucky to have the flexibility of working from home, or if you own your own business and home is your actual office, you’ll know that it has its definite perks.
But to be honest with you, working from home can be challenging!
Getting out of bed, for instance. That can be hard, especially in the cold winter months!
And then there’s social isolation. Sometimes you can go weeks without seeing anyone, and even for an introvert like me it can get a little lonely!
So here are 5 of my top tips for making the most out of working from home:
Choose your workspace wisely
- Designate a room, or if a spare room isn’t available, a space in your house dedicated to work and only work.
- Make sure the workspace you choose is comfortable. You don’t want to be freezing cold in winter or sweating buckets in summer.
- Try not to make it cosy… I’ve made that mistake before and that leads to one thing and one thing only…naps!
- Keep your workspace clean and clutter free – it will make work so much more pleasurable, keep your mind clutter free, and help to minimise distractions.
Set up your workspace
Respect your body and the work you do by investing in some good office furniture:
- Invest in an ergonomic office chair or even a stand-up desk (the ones that allow you to move between sitting and standing are all the rage the moment).
- Set your workspace up ergonomically just like you would in an actual office. Seriously, you don’t want to be suffering from a backache, neck pain and migraines because you have a poorly set up workstation at home!
You also want to feel inspired to do what you do, so surround yourself with things that inspire you to work – vision boards are a great way to do that!
Take regular breaks
It’s easy to forget to take your breaks when you don’t have far to go to work. If the furthest you have to travel is from bed to the desk to the kitchen and to then to the couch, it can become really easy to skip your breaks. With the mobility of laptops and other devices you can certainly fall into the habit of carrying your work with you to the couch after you were supposed to have shut down for the evening. So, here’s a few things to try:
- Just like you would in an actual office, get into the habit of taking regular breaks.
- Establish standard start and finish. Just because you work from home, it doesn’t mean you can let your health suffer by skipping meals, not exercising, or burning out!
- If you find it hard to remember to take breaks or to log off for the day, schedule your breaks and finishing times into your calendar.
- If you are in the habit of eating at your desk whilst working, STOP doing it. Instead, leave the house and go for a little walk around the block on your lunch break. You will so much better for it!
Get out and about
So many cafes and other places have free wi-fi these days. Why not allocate part of your budget to a weekly or fortnightly outing to work from a cafe, library, or another place with good wi-fi?
Even if it’s only for a few hours, this will help to break the social isolation before it sets in, get you dressed (out of those track suit pants) and out of the house, and help clear the brain fog. You may even meet some new, like-minded people!
It’s REALLY easy to be distracted by dirty dishes, piles of clothes, TV, the dog…
Minimise distractions by ensuring that your allocated workspace is away from the general household chaos. If you can’t do this, you need to do your best to ignore it or make sure it doesn’t exist. That might mean cleaning the kitchen before going to bed in the evening!
Other tips to help you minimise distractions are:
- Keep the TV turned off,
- Make the bed on waking, and
- Play music to help get you in – and keep you in – the work mood. If music is too distracting, find some good Podcasts to listen to – they might also inspire you!
I hope these tips help you. I’d love to hear yours!
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And then there’s this article on why I decided to take a break from my business.
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