Sometime or another, for this reason or that, we all find ourselves working from home. You may even be freelancing or working from home as a company policy.
Most of us would admit that working from home is not always easy. Sure, it saves you the time and energy that you would spend travelling. But when you are indoors, how do you resist the temptation to take a quick nap, catch glimpses of your favourite TV programs, or make that long phone call? What if you get caught up in finishing chores?
These distractions may not be time consuming. But they certainly make it difficult for you to stay focussed.
If you don’t want to end up working “for” home, instead of “from” home, then here are some useful tips. All it takes is some planning and a little discipline.
Keep Your Home Clean
This is particularly important if you’re working from home on a daily or regular basis. If your home is your workplace, you owe it to yourself to keep it clean and well organised. Imagine how you would feel working in an untidy office! Clutter-free surroundings will help you feel more in control instead of feeling overwhelmed by work.
Besides, there may be other people at home. Create a separate work area for yourself with all your stuff. This way, everyone has their space and your home still feels like home – not like “your office”. Your family, partner or people sharing your accommodation will appreciate you for being considerate.
Fix a Time for Daily Chores
Set a deadline when it comes to cooking, dishes, laundry, watering your plants, etc. Finish off these chores by a fixed time in the day. That way, you can take care of your home and then focus entirely on your work. Save the more time-consuming chores like dusting and vacuum cleaning for the weekends.
Plan Your Meals
Mornings can be chaotic if you don’t plan breakfast and lunch. Try and draw up a plan on the weekend and shop for groceries accordingly. Plan your dinner as well. You can’t work through the afternoon worrying about what you’re going to cook in the evening. Also keep backup plans for dinner in case you end up working late.
Try not to compromise on own your health or your family’s. You’ll end up feeling guilty.
Dress the Part
If wearing casual tees and shorts makes you feel like you’re at the beach, it’s time to change into something more work-appropriate. Groom yourself to look and feel like you’re working. It will matter in the long term.
Do you tend to reach out for that bag of chips or box of cookies while at home? And regret it later? Then keep some healthy snacking options at hand. Fresh fruits, yogurt, peanuts, sprouts, muesli are healthy alternatives.
Listen to Music
Feeling lonely? Yes, working from home can be really lonely. But instead of complaining, listen to your favourite music aloud. It will help you work better.