As more and more jobs continue to work from home and I’m sure there will be a lot more remote job listings in the future, I thought I’d share things that I’ve found helpful in being productive when working from home! As we know, blogging can be a full time work from home job, but these tips can be applied to anything.
My personal work from home situation is not a full time job at all, although it feels like it at the moment. I’m in full time dance training and obviously haven’t been able to be in the studio over the last couple of months, and have been stuck at home like many others. At times I’ve felt like a full time blogger, and imagined what that would be like. I’m also running my fitness business from home, instead of going out to teach classes in various gyms, I’m teaching from home and interacting with clients online, from my bedroom most of the time!
HAVE A ROUTINE
I think this is SO important. You need to have a plan, and have some kind of routine for your day/week/month. It will be different for everyone, but make yourself get into a routine so it feels as normal as going to the office from 9-5, if that’s what normal looks like for you.
Might sound obvious but makes a difference! I’m not saying you need to be in a suit or smart office attire (if that’s your normal) but it can be all too tempting to work from home in what you went to bed in. I’m all for being comfy and loungewear is absolutely a vibe, but actually putting together an outfit (even if it’s a fresh set of PJs) does something in your mind to separate bed time from work.
SET YOUR HOURS
Now you’re at home, you probably don’t have to endure that usual 5am wake up call, but it’s still a good idea to have set working hours so you have that time blocked out. Obviously if you have meetings and things then they’re set for you but take the chance to be flexible and work when you feel at your most productive. Do things in short bursts with other activities in between if that’s what works for you.
HAVE A WORK SPACE
She says, writing this post sitting in bed. When I was in my flat I made an effort to not do any kind of work or have my laptop in bed, I’d sit at my desk and sometimes the kitchen table and having that associating with sitting there to get work done instead of just staying in bed definitely made a difference to my productivity. Now I’m at home I don’t have that luxury, because all I have a box bedroom that can only fit a single bed, and our dining room table is currently in the garden due to our dining room being converted into a home fitness studio… first world problems!
This can be easier said than done, especially if you’ve moved back in with your family, have children, or even just having people at home that normally wouldn’t be with you at your job. Let whoever you’re living with know your working hours so that they know when you’re trying to get on with your work. If you don’t need it for your work, turn off your phone or put it in another room while you work so you don’t end up scrolling or snapchatting a friend instead. I like to put on a relaxing chillout playlist while I work, instrumental ones are best so I don’t get distracted by singing and dancing along!
TAKE A LUNCH BREAK
Not only do you need to remember to eat, but it also breaks up your day. If you can, try and have this lunch break at a similar time each day so that it becomes part of your routine. Don’t try and cram in a sandwich while still hurriedly typing away or whatever it is you’re doing – actually take a break. If you can, have your lunch in a different room and take at least 30 minutes away from your work to give your mind a break.
WRITE A TO DO LIST
I love a checklist! I draw little boxes and everything so I can easily tick off as I go and see what’s left. I like to have a weekly to do list and then each day break it down into a daily task list. Sometimes it helps to put small, maybe seemingly pointless items on there to give a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH COLLEAGUES
This could mean literally the people that would usually work in an office with you – text and call them every week to see how they’re doing! Working from home can be lonely, especially if you’re used to being in a room full of people every day. If you’re working on your own business or you’re a full time blogger for example, you might not have direct colleagues but there are lots of like minded people you can connect with and share tips/progress and make friends. If you’ve not yet discovered them, there’s probably a community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for whatever it is you do, so get searching!
Moving is so, so important! Working from home can make our lifestyles even more sedentary than before, so it’s crucial to make extra effort to schedule some movement into your day. If you have a fitness tracker it can be useful to have the notification switched on where it alerts you near the hour to tell you if you haven’t moved in a while. It can be so easy to just stay sat in the same position for hours on end, especially if you live in a flat with no stairs you’re really not moving very far! Try and schedule in exercise to your week 3-5 times, whether that’s a YouTube workout, a Yoga session, a daily walk/run, or one of my online classes (shameless self promo hehe) – whatever works for you! Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, it should make you feel good. It’s also a great way to break up your day.
I hope you enjoyed those tips! Have you been working from home during lockdown? Are you still working from home for the foreseeable future? Have you enjoyed it or not? Would you consider taking a remote job in the future? Let me know!