Friday 19th May is National Work from Home Day. For some this will be a real treat but what if you work from home every day? According to the Office of National Statistics the number of people working from home is on the rise. Speaking from experience, on a day when it’s raining waking up and commuting downstairs is very appealing. But on days when it’s sunny it can feel less appealing and lonely.
Instead of letting the weather dictate your mood when working from home on your own we have compiled a list of things for you to consider to make everyday a good working from home day.
You need to prioritise more than you did when working in an office as distractions are everywhere you look. These distractions are especially tempting when you have a piece of work to do that you are trying to avoid. Before reaching for the remote control or starting on the chores have a plan of action. Know before you start working what has the highest priority. Even if it’s a small task upon completing it you will feel motivated to go on and complete less important tasks.
Working from home doesn’t mean that you must work all the time. This is especially important if you have a family. Set yourself a start time and a finish time. Depending on what you do for a living you may not need to worry about the 9 to 5 lifestyle but you will still need to set yourself a working limit. Communicate this schedule to your family so that you won’t be constantly disturbed.
Ensure that you have your own space to work, even if it’s just a small space. Make it yours. Make yourself comfortable in your space. Keep it tidy and organised the best you can. Try to avoid working in the same room where you will later sit to relax or watch television.
Don’t feel you should be chained to your workspace. Don’t sit starring at your computer willing yourself to do work. Take time to go outside, enjoy the air, go for a walk or meet with friends. Talk to people. If you need to do the school run or walk the dog, then do it and don’t feel guilty about it. Taking time here and there will help to recharge the batteries and make you more efficient.
Working on your own at home doesn’t mean you need to be lonely. With today’s technology so many forms of communication are available to us so use it. Phone or skype a friend or a work colleague. Arrange to meet someone for a coffee away from the house or office.
You wouldn’t go to the office in your pyjamas, with smelly breath or scruffy hair. Well you might but you would attract funny looks. You don’t need to glam yourself up but keep on top of your appearance. This will make you feel better about yourself and besides you never know who might pop by.
If you plan to have meetings in your house, then you need to keep a room ready to accept your guests. Sitting in a cluttered room will cause you embarrassment and you will feel less focused on the meeting at hand. Plus, always be mindful that if you do have someone come around then they might need the loo!
Working from home is a great opportunity to have a work life balance that works for you and your family. Learning how to use the time wisely will keep you happy and productive. And if that doesn’t work cast your mind back to the cold, wintery days of standing in the rain or driving in the snow. That should lift your mood if nothing else.