1. Create your own office
Although it can be very tempting to set up your laptop on your couch in front of the television, it isn’t the ideal place to promote productivity. Try to always work at a desk with limited distractions, this will tell your brain that it’s time to work.
You will feel much more organised, awake and confident. Try a personalised, spacious set up near a place of natural light – create a place where you will enjoy working.
2. Place boundaries
Becoming efficient when working from home can be difficult if you share your house or flat with other people. They can create distractions without even intending to, so when you are working try to implement some ground rules so you can stay focused.
Try to keep the boundaries friendly, as you don’t want to upset your housemates! If you’re working in a specific room, try hanging a sign on the door that says whether you are working or not.
3. Tune in to your inspiration
Working from home has its benefits – you won’t annoy any co-workers with your music taste! Take advantage of this by choosing what playlist to put on, and play it loud if that’s what helps nurture your inspiration. If you are doing arduous, repetitive tasks, try an audiobook for good measure. Mix and match a number of ways to gain that extra bit of motivation.
4. Touch base
The one thing you will miss from working at the office is socialising with your colleagues. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you have to lose this perk. Touch base with your colleagues at least twice a week whether by Skype, email, phone or even in person.
Try to make sure that you keep in contact on both a personal and profession level to get the most out of your relationships.
If you missed it, take a look at part one of our working from home blog.
If you think you are spending too much spare time working from home, a life coach may be able to help. Read our work/life balance fact sheet to find out more.
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