How many times have we said, ‘I wish my employer would just let me work from home!’ I’m sure most of us have said this before and believed without a shadow of a doubt that we would be the most productive employee of the century; but let’s be honest, working from isn’t easy for all of us. There are so many distractions we have to overcome; the TV, kids, fridge, bed, couch and the urge to do other household activities over work. I don’t think either of us was prepared for this lockdown/ extreme social distancing and this can ultimately affect your productivity. The most important thing to remember as we work from home is that we are not on a holiday, our employers still expect us to deliver and we still have to grow/ learn for our own professional development. At the home office, I find that it's easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Because when you're not surrounded by coworkers, you're free to drop those pesky inhibitions. At the home office, no one's watching. You don't necessarily feel that same peer pressure or communal obligation to get stuff done. (Also: You don't have to wear pants!). It’s important to remember that we are all different and what works for me may not necessarily work for the next person; but there are a few things that we can all do to create a conducive working environment from home.
Set Working Hours
Decide on what your working hours will be, and stick to them! Even though you have nowhere to be, set your alarm for the same time Monday to Friday and run through a morning routine just like you would if you had somewhere to be. Then start and finish your working day at the same time every day!
Leave the House
It’s unhealthy to stay at home all day and not get some fresh air. So get up every couple of hours to take a work break – make yourself some tea and scroll through Instagram. Take your lunch break out of the house too. Even if you make food at home, pack it up and eat it outside to take a step away from your desk for a change of scenery.
Choose a dedicated work space
Just because you're not working at an office doesn't mean you can't, well, have an office. Rather than cooping yourself up in your room or on the couch -- spaces that are associated with leisure time -- dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work.
Save calls for the afternoon.
Sometimes, I'm so tired in the morning, I don't even want to hear my own voice -- let alone talk to others with it. You shouldn't have to give yourself too much time to become productive in the morning, but you can give yourself some extra time before working directly with others. If you're struggling to come up with a reasonable work schedule for yourself as a telecommuter, start with the solitary tasks in the morning. Save phone calls, meetings, and other collaborative work for when you've officially "woken up."
Happy Working from home folks!