16 April 2020
5 Tips For Working From Home Effectively
Working from home can be an absolute delight. You can be flexible & you don't have to ask anyone for permission to take a break, have some coffee with a friend or do some sneaking online shopping. But with that being said, it can also be an utter disaster that kills productivity too. Home is a place we associate with free time & its's easy for you to become your own worst enemy. But what happens when you don't have a choice, when you have to work from home to keep yourself & everyone else safe? How do you keep your work life separated from your home life? How do you stay focused & productive? Here is a wee run down of what I do to ensure that my working to the best of my ability within my own home.
Clean House Policy
As tempting as it might be, you can't vacuum the floor, do the dishes, do laundry & clean up your living room during work hours. It works counter productive. Try & maintain a clean house policy so you won't be tempted to clear up your mess during your working hours. I also find the whole clear space, clear mind concept really helpful when it comes to working from home at any point.
Keep your work life separate from you home life & find a space suitable for a home office. Working from a specific space only for work helps you psychologically. I know this isn't always an easy thing especially in the circumstances we happen to find ourselves in at the moment but there's always a spot, it could be a small area in your bedroom. Find yourself a comfy chair & get producing some of your best work.
For the sake of your mental health, create a daily work schedule. Whether you start at 7AM or 11AM, try & set work hours for yourself & create boundaries. When you start, make a list of all the tasks you have to do for that day. Didn't make it to the end of the list? It's okay, there's a new day tomorrow.
Change Of Scenery
Sometimes, inspiration requires a change of scenery. Typically, I would recommend treating yourself to an office-away-from-home every now & then, just because why not. But again, our circumstances aren't exactly ideal at the moment so it terms of this tip, I'd recommend getting outside, get some fresh air or take a break!
Take Regular Breaks
Breaks are crucial. A great time management method is the 'Pomodoro Technique' where you set a timer for 25 minutes & then take a break for five minutes. You can do this as many times as you want & you would be surprised how much you can get down in those five minute breaks!
Obviously these are the practices that work well for me at the moment but there may be other practices that you choose to also implement throughout your day to make it run with ease. If there's something that works well for you & I haven't mentioned it above feel free to share it in the comments below!