In challenging times we are forced to make compromises, such as working from home instead of travelling to and from the office. The big question is: how do you maintain work motivation when you’re at home? This can be especially difficult if there are lots of distractions. Below I share my top hints and tips to successfully working from home.
Still Get Dressed
I know, pyjamas are comfier, but do they make you feel productive? The answer is probably no. Getting up, showered and dressed every day will make you feel more motivated to get the day started and stuck in to work. Even putting your shoes on can make a huge difference.
Make Yourself A Work Space
Make sure that you have a space set aside solely for working. If you bring work to bed, you won’t be able to settle when going to bed at night and will probably procrastinate more when you’re supposed to be working. I recommend a space that no one else in your household will be using.
Put The Radio On
Working in a different, quieter environment can be a huge adjustment for many people. A good way to get around the loneliness of working alone at home is to put the radio on. Not only does it get some background noise going, but it’s also an extra voice to keep you company without distracting you too much.
Keep In Contact
Stay in touch with your boss and coworkers to stay in the loop of what is going on in your company. This helps with both work and loneliness. Even if it’s two phone calls per day, it will help you stay in touch with everything and keep your motivation for working higher.
Don’t Snack Too Much
Being in your own space by yourself can make it easier to snack on the unhealthy things, but I highly advise you not to. Not only can you put on a lot of weight, but eating unhealthier foods consistantly can make you feel bogged down and super tired making it harder to work.
Keep Your Routine
Routine is an important part of work at the best of times, but when you’re managing your own time in your own space it can be easy to convince yourself to start work an hour or two later, but don’t. If you stick to your normal 9-5 hours it will make it easier to slip back in to normal working life when you can and it will also be easier to manage your time in general. This includes scheduling your breaks like normal.
Act As If You’re In The Office
Get ready in the morning as if you’re going in to the office. Do work the same way you would if your boss was looming over your shoulder. Take your full lunch break as you would in the office. This will help you keep motivated and help you continue working from home.
Turn Notifications Off
Make it as difficult as possible to be distracted by social media, only use your personal phone to contact your colleagues or boss. You can get apps that will stop you from using social media for as long as you have it on and I use that a lot when working at home.