Many people are now having to adapt their working space to work from home due to current events around the world. This can be quite tricky to do if you are not someone who has experience in working from home. Many people struggle to focus when they are left to their own devices and this is something which many teams are experiencing right now.
In this article, I am going to give you some of my practical tips for working from home. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years, so you have come to the right place.
Create A Workspace
The first thing that you need to do if you want to effectively work from home is to create the perfect office space. Your sofa doesn’t count and neither does your bed – you need to have a desk, preferably in a separate room. Convert your spare room into an office space but make sure you get rid of the clutter first. Storage prices are much lower than you might think, ifthis is something to consider if you want to put away a lot of unused items. Find a comfortable chair that is ergonomic, have the blinds open and you’ll feel much better.
Set Office Hours
If you are someone who is now able to make their own hours at home, then this can be exciting at first. However, once you get into it, you’ll realise that making your own hours is difficult and it can be hard to switch on and off at the right times. If you want to effectively work from home, you need to set your own office hours that work for you and stick to them. If you typically work 9-5 try this at home.
Take Regular Breaks
When you are in the office, you typically give yourself breaks to go and make a coffee or have a chat with a co-worker. When you are at home, this becomes something that is often forgotten about, especially if you are busy and live alone. This is why my next tip is to make sure that you are taking regular breaks when you are working from home. I have neglected this in the past and it has led to burnout. Make sure to take this tip on board.
Set Ground Rules
Finally, if you are working from home and there are others also there such as a partner or your kids, you need to set some ground rules. It can be tempting to allow them to come in and spend time in your working space, but this can be a mistake. While having company is good and is something that you should take advantage of when you have a break, it can also be distracting. Set some ground rules regarding your office hours and this should help you to work productively.
I have been working from home for many years and the way that I work has adapted over this time. If you have recently been forced to work from home and are struggling, make sure to try out some of these practical tips. Make sure that you have the office space that is free from clutter and reflects your own personal working style. You should also take regular breaks and only work the required number of hours
Over time, you’ll understand what makes you work more productively, and you’ll be offering your own tips. Take this advice on board and see if it works for you.