For many of us, working from a home for a day or two a week (or even full time!), is a bit of a dream, and thanks to modern technology, these days it is becoming a reality for more and more of us. If you’ve been used to a Monday-Friday 9-5 office hours culture for most of your working life though, you can find it easy to get distracted and demotivated at home.
It’s pretty easy to stay on track though, especially if you get yourself organised. If you’re looking into working from home, or know that it’s coming in the future, make the most of these useful tips.
Make a home office space
It is going to be seriously hard to be motivated if you are working slumped on your couch in your pyjamas, that’s why it’s important to make a home office space. A clean and tidy desk with your computer and papers is all that you need, and choose a place preferably in a quieter corner of the house such as the spare bedroom. You’ll find that even just having this space will put you in the right working frame of mind when you sit there.
For an even more effective space try adding in some tall plants.
Work regular office hours
Although working from home is by its nature already flexible, most of the time you’re going to be in contact with other people anyway, so it is a good idea to stick to regular office hours more or less. Sure you can start one hour earlier or later, but the important thing is to be accessible to others just like you would be in the office.
Don’t wear pyjamas!
When you know you’re going to be inside working with nobody to see you, it can be so tempting to just stay in your pyjamas or most raggedy sweatpants. But to help you stay in a professional mood, it’s wise to dress the part too. Perhaps a 3 piece suit is going a bit far, but some trousers and a smart jumper are still comfortable, but will help to make sure you stay that little bit more alert.
Make sure you stay productive when working from home – there are so many benefits especially no more morning commute!