Working From Home

I have been self-employed for nearly seven years now and when I started I solely worked from home (I’ve previously written a post on being self-employed). It is only in the last 18 months that I have started going out to work two days a week. I’ve seen online that quite a few people I know are concerned about this change in their work life given we are working in isolation where possible. I thought I would put together a post that will hopefully provide some useful info on how I have a productive day working from home.

Working from home

Environment

When I first began working from home I had a designated area just off my dining room. In a fairly open plan house this meant that it was quite easy to become distracted. I found that outside of working hours work would seep into my own time. Moving my office into one of the spare bedrooms meant that once I walk through the door I mentally feel like I have gone to work. At the end of the day I can shut the door on work and relax.

Routine

I think it’s important to still stick to a proper routine as if you are going to work. That means getting up at your normal time. You don’t want to be having a lay in and roll out of bed five minutes before work. You want to feel fully awake and ready to work. I know a lot of people say you should dress in work clothes so that you’re more productive. For me it makes no difference what I wear, I would rather be comfortable.

Time Management

At the start of the week if I know I have certain tasks that I need to complete I assign them to different days depending on priority. I love a check list and get a lot of satisfaction from ticking things off. I always hear the phrase ‘eat the frog’ which basically means to get on with your biggest or hardest task first thing in the morning or you will end up procrastinating about it all day. Once that is out of the way you can then power through the rest of your tasks.

Take a lunch

Of all of these ‘tips’ this is the one I am worst at. I have the tendency to work through lunch and either not eat at all or eat at my desk. Taking a break from staring at a screen will make you more productive than forcing yourself to stay at your desk all day. There is a tendency to mindlessly snack at your desk if you aren’t careful so I really try to eat a healthy diet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to dunk a biscuit in my tea but not continuously throughout the day.

Get outside

I am trying to make a conscious effort to get outside more. It would be very easy to spend all day shut up in the house. I’ve been going out for long walks and even just going out into the garden has made a difference to how I feel. Sometimes just enjoying the fresh air works wonders.

Exercise

If you would normally commute to work either on foot or by bike then try a fake commute instead. This may help you get in the right mind frame to work and helps you keep to a routine.

Isolation

As someone who lives alone and works from home it is very easy to become isolated. Cutting down on social interaction is only really going to make this worse. Work wise I am making use of Skype as a way to keep in contact with colleagues and FaceTime to keep in contact with family.

What are you doing to get through remote working?

 

3 Comments

  1. Lisa Autumn
    March 21, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    Time management is so important! You are right x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  2. Katy Stephenson
    March 25, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Getting ready in the mornings and making sure I have a proper lunch break away from my screen really helps me!

    Katy x

    http://www.katystephenson.com

    • lifesacatwalk
      Author
      March 25, 2020 / 12:51 pm

      I have to say I’ve been struggling to get ready in the mornings but it really does make a difference!

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