I’ve always been one of those people who liked the idea of being able to work from home. But, I also thought I would love being a runner, and we all know how that turned out. Unfortunately, like running, working form home isn’t something that comes naturally to me.
I know what you’re thinking, why not just go a coffee shop or a library or some other place where people go to be productive? Well, one reason is that some of the stuff I have to do, like cooking and taking pictures for the blog, requires me to be at home. And the other reason, as I mentioned in my post on staying active in the fall, is that I just plain hate going outside when it’s cold. Anyway, the point is that I’ve had no choice but to learn to work from home effectively, and today, I wanted to share a few things that worked for me.
1. Set ‘office hours’
It’s a lot easier to get up in the morning when you have to get to the office or to school for a specific time, than it is when you know you can work at your own schedule. So, to avoid putting off your work and procrastinating the day away, make a schedule for yourself and stick to it. It’s also important to let family members or roommates know when you’ll be working. Not only will it keep you accountable, but they’ll know not to interrupt you when you’re trying to get stuff done.
BONUS: If you get your best work done in the morning, like I do, check out my 9 tips for crushing your mornings.
2. Get dressed
I know that spending all day in pyjamas is a huge draw of working from home. But, please, resist the temptation. If I don’t get out of my pjs when I start doing work in the morning, chances are, I’ll be back in bed before noon. So, do yourself a favour, and get dressed for a day of work. I’m not saying you have to put on a full face of make up and the most powerful power suit you’ve ever owned. But, even just throwing on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt can make a huge difference.
3. Pack a lunch bag
This may seem like a weird thing to do while you’re home, but trust me, there’s a method to my madness. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planned to spend all day doing something work related, only to end up in the kitchen making lunch and get completely sidetracked. So, planning ahead and having meals and snacks prepped for your work/study sesh is key. Heck, even running out for lunch when you get hungry can be less distracting than attempting to make something from scratch when you should be working.
BONUS: These 5 healthy snacking essentials have fuelled me through loads of study sessions and working days.
4. Set up an ‘office’
Even if it’s just a desk and chair in your room, it’s important to have a dedicated work area if you want to actually work from home effectively. For the last 4 years, I’ve shared an apartment or house with at least 3 other people so it hasn’t always been easy for me to do this. But, when I am able to manage it, working and studying from home have been a lot easier than when I attempt (and fail) to work from my bed.
It can be so easy to get distracted by things you have to do around the house when you work from home. Maybe there are dishes in the sink, or you need to do laundry, or you suddenly decide you MUST repaint your bedroom. The distractions are varied and they can feel so urgent. But, right now, your work is what’s important. Once you get that out of the way, you can get started on the million and fifteen other things demanding your attention.
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What about you?
- Do you work from home or have you ever?
- How do/did you stay productive and actually work from home effectively?
Share in the comments below!
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