Increasing numbers of us are working from home these days and there are undeniable benefits to this particularly when it comes to that long morning commute! There is also increasing evidence that suggests that people that work from home tend to be more productive too so it is a win-win situation for a lot of businesses too. Like with anything though, it is a good idea to set up a good routine to make sure that you are one of those busy and productive home workers!
Whether you’re used to working at home or are planning to make use of your workplace’s flexibility, there are always things that you can do to ensure that you productivity makes working from home worthwhile. As with normal office working, working from home requires the same work ethic and discipline and the right mind-set to make it work. If you want to make the most of working from home, then this article is for you since it details some easy to follow tips that will help you to focus even when you’re at home.
We’ve already briefly touched on the idea of a good routine, so let’s go into a deeper look at it here. While it may be tempting to roll out of bed 2 minutes before you’re due to start work and head to your desk in your pyjamas, think again. Leave yourself enough time to shower, get dressed (you don’t have to wear smart office clothes but the change will have you feeling refreshed), breakfast and then get down to work. You’ll feel more awake and ready for the day ahead. Also make sure you take breaks as you would in the office like a 5 minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon for a coffee break. As for your lunch, take an hour as you would at the office and don’t eat at your desk! It is also a good idea to go for a short walk to get in some fresh air and daylight.
If you’re hours are flexible enough and you don’t have to stick to a 9-5 schedule then work the hours that are best for you. For example if you are a morning person then get up earlier and start work then. Alternatively if you find mornings grim, then you can always start work later when you’re feeling a bit more awake. Especially with family life, flexible working from home can really help you to fit everything in to the one day.
Even if you don’t have a study, it is a good idea to set up a work space somewhere where you can find peace and quiet and settle down to work. This could be a desk in the corner of a room or even one of those handy fold-down desks. Keep the surface area clean with good lighting (near a source of natural light if possible), and fill the wall with postcards, bulletin boards and things that are more interesting to look at than a bare wall.
Working from home could well be the future for a lot of us, so get yourself into the habit now.