If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home in your job, you might know that it’s an acquired skill. The simple explanation for this is that it’s incredibly easy to get distracted.
And if you haven’t yet experienced working from home? Well your luck is changing! Because I have and I’ve written all about it…
You’ll want the extra sleep… but don’t roll out of bed at 5 to 9 😴
I won’t lie to you. It’s really tempting to sleep as late as possible when you’re working from home. Especially if (like me) you’re waking up at 6am most of the time. But you can accomplish so much in that 3 hour window. Sleep in, sure, but aim to wake up at least an hour before you’re due to start work so that you can properly prepare for the day ahead. You don’t want to feel groggy as soon as you start working.
You’ll need a quiet place to work 🤫
As I said, it’s easy to get distracted. The best thing I find is to choose a room, shut the door and focus as much as you can on your work. I have to basically ignore my boyfriend’s existence when I’m at home or I’d get so distracted.
But maybe not from bed… 🛏
You don’t want to be too relaxed. There’s a reason it’s socially unacceptable to wear pyjamas and sit at your desk wrapped in a duvet when you go into the office. (But seriously, how great would that be?) …you don’t want to fall asleep. And it’ll also hurt your back if you sit in there all day long!
You should take your lunch break
You’re in the zone and you “just need to finish this”…three hours later it’s not too late to go for lunch. It’s so easy to forget how to exist when you’re on your own and working hard. I’ve learnt that the best thing to do is to go for a walk to get some fresh air and take advantage of being able to cook something for lunch.
You need to have a plan ✍🏻
The thing about working from home is that suddenly you/your colleagues are impossible to reach at the moment you need them most. I tend to clearly relay what I’ll be working on over the course of the day so that I don’t have to worry too much about the “work distractions” that always crop up in the office.
You also just get a whole lot more done when you’ve got it mapped out. But I’m a to-do list lover, so no surprises there.
You’ll have so much more evening at the end of your day! 🌑
For people with a longer commute (again, like myself), those extra few hours are amazing. In the Spring/Summer I have time to go for a decent length run before it gets dark, something I simply cannot do at 7:30 at the moment.
The Benefits of Working from Home
So basically, here’s a summary of why working from home is great:
⁃ No colleagues distracting you with fun but pointless conversation! Or even “quick favours”
⁃ Extra sleep. No brainer.
⁃ Time to fit in exercise (or tv) after work.
⁃ Better, healthier lunches for less. 💵
⁃ Pyjamas all day…if you wanted to.
I would love to hear your own tips for working from home! What do you find helps you become your most productive self?