More and more people are working from home, but if it isn’t something you’ve done before, you might find it hard to focus. Juggling getting your work finished, staying comfortable, and not becoming distracted (especially if you have children) is tricky if you aren’t used to it!
So, how can you make working from home, work for you?
Set an alarm and get yourself up and dressed
Don’t be tempted to sleep in. Set an alarm for a time that is close to when you would normally get up (excluding the commute), shower and dress yourself ready for a day of work. It is easy to avoid doing things when you are in your pyjamas on the sofa at 11am!
Make a to-do list
Identify what you need to do either that morning or the night before. Work through your list ensuring you get all of your action points done. Try not to worry about an order (unless one is more important), just be strict on yourself that it must be done by the end of the day
Create yourself a working from home area
Where possible, this should be a separate room that you can go in and close the door to focus on work. If this isn’t possible, set up an area that has everything you will need in it to complete a day’s work, including a comfortable chair and be sure your family know not to disturb you while you are in that area!
Set clear working hours
Check with your manager that it doesn’t matter if these are less than your usual hours (especially if you have your children at home too), but make sure you set yourself working hours and stick to them.
Check in with your co-workers
Like you would in the office, check in with co-workers throughout your day to see how everyone is getting on. This can be done by email or video conferencing!
Sitting for extended periods of time can cause back ache, be sure to get up and stretch throughout the day. If you have a garden, spend some time there during the day for fresh air and a change of scenery.
Try to stay away from the kitchen
· Like you would at work, bring yourself a few snacks to where you are working and take a lunch break away from your working space. Don’t be tempted to wander into the kitchen throughout the day to find something tasty!
Do you have any other tips? Let us know!
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