Tips For Working From Home

March 23, 2020
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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.

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  • Reply Natasha MacFarlane April 25, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Very informative post. Getting dressed is a must for me or else I feel so sleepy! Keeping in touch with co workers is a great point as well.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson May 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, I am the same. Definitely need to get dressed to feelproductive!

  • Reply adamjnew85 May 30, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Working from home is all I do, and yet I don’t follow these tips well enough. I really should do.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson May 30, 2020 at 11:52 am

      It can take a while to get in to the swing of different habits when working from home. Take it one step at a time! 🙂

      • Reply adamjnew85 May 30, 2020 at 11:55 am

        Yeah, I was fairly new to it, then coronavirus happened and I have 2 kids in the house 24/7 😂 I’m hoping I’ll find it easier when we are back to normality.

  • Reply Lori ImdadLori Imdad June 13, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Great points! I find the last one super important. Notification sounds and even when the screen lights up are super distracting.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Agreed, once I turned those off I became so much more productive

  • Reply Lindsey Brogan July 5, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Love this post, so helpful. Morning routine is important to me, getting dressed for work. Will try the shoes this week!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson July 5, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Thank you! Getting dressed is such a motivator for me.

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