5 Tips to Help You Survive Working from Home
With freelancing and flexible working on the rise, more and more of us are finding ourselves working from home, either full-time or for a couple of days each week.
For many, working from home sounds like the dream scenario and there are undoubtedly plenty of benefits – working in your pyjamas in a stress-free environment, without the hassle of the daily commute, what’s not to love?
However, along with the unquestionable positives, there are also a number of pitfalls when it comes to working at home – think distractions from around the home and endless opportunities for procrastination. As anyone who’s tried it will tell you, it really isn’t as easy as it sounds!
But the good news is, there are plenty of ways to make the process of working from home stress-free, productive and, dare we say it, enjoyable.
Here are our five top tips to help you survive working from home.
1. Create a working environment
Working from home shouldn’t mean working from the comfort of your bed or setting up your laptop on your knee in front of the TV – far from it!
If you want to work successfully from home, it’s vital that you dedicate an appropriate space in your home to work. Ideally, that would mean a home office, or a spacious desk in a quiet corner depending upon your living arrangements. But, even if you’re limited on space, it’s possible to set up a small desk or table in your home where you can work undisturbed.
2. Have a routine
Although many people imagine working from home is all about long lie-ins, this shouldn’t be the case. It’s important for your physical and mental health that you establish a proper routine and stick to it.
Just as you would if you worked in an office, set an alarm for the same time each morning, get up and washed, eat your breakfast, and then sit down to start work at an allotted time.
3. Take Breaks
Many people feel the need to compensate for working at home by working extra hard, for extra long. But this can only lead to one thing – burnout and procrastination!
Rather than working solidly every hour of the day, set yourself regular breaks throughout the day and allow yourself to enjoy the benefits of working from home. Fancy meeting your friend for a quick coffee? Or catching up on the latest episode of your favourite TV show? Go for it! As long as everything is in moderation, it shouldn’t cause you any problems. In fact, taking breaks now and again will actually encourage you to be more productive during the time you’re working.
4. Switch Off
As well as taking regular breaks during your working day, it’s also important to turn off your laptop and emails once your working day is done. After all, when you work from home, it’s far too easy for the boundaries between your working and home life to become blurred and you risk your work taking over all your time.
5. Set Goals
Many people who work from home are freelancers or self-employed, meaning they’ve got no manager breathing down their neck, checking up on their progress every hour of the day. Although this might sound ideal, it can lead to problems with motivation and productivity.
To overcome this issue, it’s important to set yourself achievable goals and objectives, both long term and short term. This will ensure that you complete each project on time and also have a direction for future progression. And, similar to a traditional working environment, you need to regularly assess your progress and, if you aren’t meeting your targets, address the reasons why.
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