Working from home sounds like a dream, right? I genuinely thought it would be sleeping in, keeping cosy in PJs and working from bed with daytime TV on in the background. But then reality hits and although I’m loving the flexibility of my day – the commute isn’t all bad either – it’s not without its challenges.
I quickly realised what I pictured actually turned into getting halfway through the day without taking a shower, eating an entire packet of choc-chip muffins for lunch and my back hurting from laying in the same position all day.
While it’s nice to be able to have the ability to lounge about, the temptation to catch up on that new series, put the washing on or do the dishwasher is very high. So, here are a few productivity tips I’ve learnt which keep me focused.
This one for me is the biggest must when working from home. It’s easy to think “oh I’m working from home so I can have a lay-in and work late” – THIS. DOES. NOT. WORK. I find it key to separate “me” hours and “work” hours, so setting a schedule really helps. Decide when you want to check your emails, if you have any conference calls and most importantly.. lunch.
No matter how appealing staying in your PJs may seem, it automatically sets a tone for the day. Don’t worry, I’m suggesting you get into business attire or whack on a tight pair of jeans, but do get showered and dressed. It will change your mindset and set you up for the rest of the day feeling refreshed.
Ever since I can remember I have always had a desk or dedicated workspace. Whether that’s for “uni” work or “work” work. Having a space that’s organised really gets me in the “get shit done” mindset.. also, if I get to 11am and I haven’t made it to my desk, I know somethings up and I should get my lazy ass in gear.
I try working offline as much as I possibly can – this mean scheduling meetings only when I’m in the office and closing my emails for the day. I’m also über lucky that I have a work mobile. It lets me hide away my personal mobile when I’m working, minimising my temptation to play Candy Crush.
This is the same rule I try to set myself even when I am in the office. It’s always nice to go for a walk and get away from the drama of the job. Sometimes I like to meet a friend for coffee, walk around the block or even sit outside in the garden.
So they’re my top tips.. what are yours?