Tip #1 Lists, Lists and more Lists
I am a self-obsessed listaholic. I just love lists and for good reason. Lists are an amazing way to keep yourself organised by plonking all of the things you need to do onto the paper and out of your brain. I always have two lists on the go, one for things I need to get done over the week (this is where I brainfart onto the paper) and one daily list of things I need to tackle. I think the biggest mistake that people make when writing lists is making them too long, don’t fall into this trap! By making your list so long you are fighting a losing battle, a battle that will leave you disappointed and frustrated at the end of your working day. The likelihood is that will probably never be able to do everything on your 20 point list in one day and so will be constantly dissatisfied with the amount of work that you have done, and let me tell you work satisfaction is so important when you are working from home.
Instead of overloading yourself try to make short daily lists, breaking your workload down into manageable chunks. Ask yourself what you will realistically be able to achieve in the day and only add these things to your list, pulling them from your main weekly list. We all know that amazing feeling when we tick everything off from a to-do list and by making shorter lists you can have that feeling every day. And remember the list isn’t final, you can always add some more things to it once you have had the satisfaction of ticking everything off.
Tip #2 Get Dressed
This may seem odd to a lot of you, you may be thinking why would you want to get dressed when working from home means you could literally stay in your pyjamas all day? Sounds great doesn’t it, but is it the most productive way to work? I argue not (as nice as it sounds!).
It isn’t really about the clothes, it is more about the mindset you enter when you put them on. Your brain will associate pyjamas and loungewear with relaxing and taking it easy, whereas it will associate daytime clothes with getting up and getting on with things. This isn’t to say you need to dress in heels and workwear to work from home but if you just make an effort to put on some clothes that you would be happy to go out the house in then it has been shown that you can be more productive. It also helps to create boundaries between work and home life bringing me onto my next point …
Tip #3 Separate Home & Work
Tip #4 Know When to Stop
Tip #5 Give Yourself Commuter Time
This is something that my dad regularly talks about. Commuter time to him is, yes, the time people take to travel home, but also the amount of time people have to unwind and get out of work-mode before they get home. Interesting right! I thought about this and realised something, people who work from home have NO commuter time and whilst that is brilliant because there is no time spent on trains or stuck in traffic jams, it also means they have no time to wind down after a busy day. I have, therefore, introduced commuter time into my daily routine. It is so important to take that time to chill after work and drift back into home mode ready for a relaxing evening.
Whether you are new to the world of working from home, or a seasoned professional I hope you found this post useful. And if you have any tips to share, please do down below, I’d love to hear them.