Some Tips For Working From Home
Below are some tips that work for me.
Avoid working where you will be tempted or distracted
A good way to successfully work from home is to pretend you are going to the office.
I shower, shave and dress every morning, even though I am only travelling from one room to the other.
When I am at work I am working. Except for having breaks and making lunch, everything else is work related.
Would you stop to do laundry, watch TV or do the dishes if you were on the clock at work? Hopefully not.
You should never work somewhere that will tempt or distract you. Leave the TV off until you finish work, do your housework before or after your work time is finished.
If it is your thing, after work you can then binge on Amazon Prime. My favourite is “The Great Courses” channel
Breaks are important. You should aim to take a break every 75 to 90 minutes, for about 15 minutes per break.
Looking at social media or reading emails is not a break… get away from the screens and do something else.
Get some fresh air. Take a walk outside, play with a pet or talk to a friend.
You will find that you work much better if you walk away from your desk and computer throughout the day.
Avoid working in the bedroom
Your mind can get mixed messages if you treat your bedroom like other rooms in the house.
Working, reading, writing, or any other activity that is not social should be avoided in the bedroom. Your bedroom should where you only go to sleep or relax.
If it becomes your office, you will find it difficult to stop thinking about work all the time.
Try to set up a workspace somewhere else, even if it is the kitchen or dining table. If you are lucky enough to have the space, maybe you could work from a spare room or home office.
Set boundaries with other people, and yourself
Working from home with roommates, friends or family present can be difficult.
Firstly you will need to monitor yourself to ensure you are treating others, and yourself, in the correct manner. Just because you have access to others in your household 24/7 does not mean they want to hear or see you 24/7.
If someone starts picking an argument with you, who is to blame? Believe it or not, it is you. We are all mirrors and others pick up on our internal thoughts and feelings and direct them back to us. Remember to think kindly about yourself and others.
Secondly, if someone comes over and sees you on the computer, they may not register that you’re working. This is true especially if that person has never worked from home before. They just assume you can do whatever you want. I have had personal experience with that in the past when creating eBooks when I was married.
Tell everyone at home that you are working during certain hours and to not disturb you unless it is a real emergency. Just because it is your turn to get the toilet paper does not mean it is an emergency, the shops have probably sold out any way.
Avoid total isolation
Take some time to connect with others, this can be a short phone call, MS Teams call, or Skype call. Communicating by email and text is fine but you are still alone. Get interactive and call someone…Now!