How To Work From Home Effectively
Working from home is something countless people fancy, and I know from my own experience how great it is, but also what some of the downsides are. I know how tough it can be when there’s no room for an actual office, and your workspace is right in the middle of the living area. I know how difficult it can be to divide work from the free time. And I also know a couple of things about how to make it all work. So, if you’re working from your home, struggling with working from home or imagining working from home, then carry on reading.
No matter how small your home is, you will need to assign a space to your job. Working from your sofa is just not an option for the long run. Even the smallest tables will help when planning your work and day. The same goes for your attire. Of course, I'm not saying you should wear a suit; that would defeat the point of working from home. However, it's essential that you are equipped for the working day. For me, that means taking a shower/bath, have coffee and breakfast, putting clothes on and even makeup. You’d be shocked how much difference it makes to your mindset.
Treat your workday the same as you would if you were still working in the office. I know, this might seem firm, after all, it may be this rigorous approach which led you to want to leave your actual office environment in the first place. However, once you've gotten used to it, you will be able to build a looser structure without neglecting your work responsibilities. This will take some time and take getting used to. So, set your lunch hour, try not to get distracted by household tasks.
Keep an organised desk. I know, this might seem an obvious statement, but when you do work from home, you’ll be shocked how quickly you can find yourself sinking in paperwork. Make sure you have a filing rule somewhere in your house. It doesn’t need to be right on your desk, but you will need to sort away paperwork at least once a week to keep your head and home free.
Remember, your workspace can be created anywhere in your home, the bedroom, which might be the calmest room in your home, the living room or even in a large hallway. The critical thing is that that small space is completely dedicated to your tasks. If you’re lucky enough to have something an attic or an unused room, then you’ve hit the jackpot!
Keep your work hours and free time divided. Signal the end of your working day by shutting down your computer, going for a walk, meeting friends, cooking, etc. Change your clothes. Do what you would do if you just got home from the office. Enjoy your free time and relax.
Hopefully, these tips will be useful to you, and you will be able to enjoy working from home.
- Lindsey Brown Burden