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Tips for Working from Home

 

I love working from home but many of you who are suddenly having to work remotely may be feeling challenged with not getting up and heading off to the office each day.  Working from home can have some challenges, so here’s some tips to keep in mind and help make the transition flow a little easier.

Ease and safe distance

Wendy x

 

1.  Choose Your Workspace

First you need to choose a designated area in your house to “work from home” that will help you get into work mode.  You can add your favourite pens and notebook and some flowers, so you love working from your workspace.

If you don’t have a home office, you could set one up in a spare bedroom.  Stay away from using the lounge room where you might get distracted by the TV or Netflix.

The important thing is to establish an area of your home where you will be comfortable working in this space every day. Somewhere that is quiet so you can focus without interruption.

2.  Set Your Work Hours

Now your office or work area set up, it’s time to start work  literally. If you are going to make working from home a success, then set your ‘office’ hours and stick to them and remember to set your lunch break.

If you’re someone who is most productive in the morning, you might want to start early and finish early so you can easily get through your tasks and make the most of your time.

The best time for productivity in line with our natural body rhythm or our chi cycle is the morning – 9am-1pm is time to Focus, work hard, set boundaries, Visionary thinking and Do important things.

3.  Technology

Get your computer, printer, etc set up at your workspace so you’re ready to start fresh in the morning.

4.  Create a Morning Routine

Get up early meditate, take a walk or run in the fresh air or do some yoga, shower, make your coffee and breakfast and prepare your lunch, just like you’re going to work.

5.   Set Your Alarms

Set an alarm to commit to getting up in time to do your morning routine and have breakfast. This will prevent you from sleeping too late and keep you on a healthy sleep cycle.

You may consider setting an alarm for lunch and one for the end of the day, so you don’t blur these lines.

6.  Set Boundaries between Work and Home Life

Set boundaries with anyone else who shares the home, so they respect your work time.  I still struggle with this as I love my work and when I get on a roll, can easily lose track of time.  So, I have to be mindful to stop, whether it’s for meals or just to call it quits for the day.

Working from home can be easily invade your personal life because you are always home and near your work, so it’s easy to be distracted from your work or to keep working way over time at the end of the day, but only if you let it.

So, remember to stick to the work hours you set and stick to them.  This helps increase productivity and develop a healthy work schedule.

7.  Update Your Create List

If you find it challenging staying on top of priorities, tasks, and deadlines, set aside time to review your To-Do List.  I prefer to call it my To Create List.

Again, work out the best time of day for you to review priorities for the day. You might do this first thing in the morning and when you make your list, get started on it. Remember the best time for working hard is in the morning.  If you jump into your emails, you can get distracted and lose focus.  I prefer to review your list at the end of the day, so I am prepared and ready to start on it first thing in the morning.

As you complete each task cross it off the list.  This will give you a sense of accomplishment.

8.  Use a Planner

Use a planner or calendar to schedule your workdays, and keep track of deadlines, appointments, and meetings.

9.  Don’t Work in Your PJs

You might love the idea of working from home so you can stay in your PJs, but you are killing your productivity.

Even if you don’t leave the house, dress for work as if you were in the office.  Psychologically, it gets you in the right mindset and you will be mentally and physically prepared for the day ahead.

When I was co-ordinating the set-up of Wu Tao Dance in Melbourne years ago, a journalist did a feature on my classes in one of the Melbourne morning newspapers and I remember the phone started ringing off the hook from early hours every morning.  Every time I’d finish one call, I’d be taking the next and it was lunchtime before I could take a breath to get dressed so I learnt the hard way to be up and ready!

10.  Exercise & Stretch Regularly

Exercise boosts endorphins increases happiness and interest levels and alleviates anxiety, all of which are important for productivity.  It’s likely you’re sitting at a desk and computer so stretching regularly throughout the day helps you maintain great posture and flexibility.

If your day allows, take a lunch break and go for a walk, go to the gym, or stretch.

11.  Eat Healthy Meals & Snacks

Research shows that eating healthy fruits and vegetables has a direct link on overall productivity levels. With some extra planning, you can keep healthy snacks to have during the day.  Make sure you have a healthy lunch, just as you would if you if you were in the office.

12.  Take Short Breaks

Taking breaks might sound counterproductive, research has shown that taking short breaks can actually increase creativity and productivity levels.  Any time I start to lose focus and feel myself wanting to avoid what I’m doing and jump to something else; I take a five to ten minute break by going outside, taking a short walk around the garden, meditating or doing some stretches.

13.  Stay Off Social Media

I think we are all guilty of this one and understand just how much time you can waste on social media.

Turning off social media notifications on your phone during the day can help you stay focussed.

14.  Avoid Family, Friends & Pets

If you are working from home, then family and friends might interrupt you without knowing better. Set clear boundaries and stick to designated work hours and communicate those hours clearly with anyone living in the house and friends.

On the flip side,  show up for your family and friends when you’re not working and be totally present for them.

15.  Create a Vision Board

Create a vision board with what you want to be/do/have in the future both personally and professionally and look at it every day.  You might want to put them on sticky notes and pin to your mirror, computer, or the fridge… somewhere they’ll be in your face.

Keeping your dreams and desires in your focus creates your reality and they’ll show up quicker!

 

Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash