At the moment, a lot of people will find themselves working from home due to restrictions on leaving your home. For many of you, this will be the first time that you’ve had to work remotely, so it’s understandable if you’re struggling. In normal circumstances, many people like the idea of working from home for flexibility, but it can be difficult when you’re just starting your career or are told that you have to.
During my time working from home, I’ve developed a few ways that I can make myself feel a bit better when working from there that you can try too!
Get up as if you are going to the office even if you’re working at home
When your commute is to your kitchen table, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get up early and get yourself ready for the day. But doing this is really important to make you feel more awake and ready to work.
Make sure you stay in a routine by waking up at the same time each day, having a shower and eating breakfast. By getting ready like you would for a normal working day, it could help to increase your motivation and productivity levels.
Go out for a walk at lunch
The difficult part about working from home is that you can keep yourself confined to your house all day. This can lead to poor concentration and can affect your mental health over time.
Some ways to make sure you get out are:
- Wake up earlier and go for a walk before starting your tasks
- Head out late morning or early afternoon to a cafe and get a coffee, you could even work there for a bit if your work allow it
- Go for a walk after you’ve eaten lunch, which can also help with digestion
Create a tidy work space when working from home
When working from home it can be tempting to just work in bed or on the sofa, but this could, again, impact on your productivity.
Make yourself a work space where you’d be happy to sit for most of the day getting on with your work. Some ways that you could make your desk organised and brighter are:
- Having a plant
- Putting up a desk calendar
- Having a nice photo or picture on it
Plan calls during the day
Another element that you miss out on by working from home is being social with colleagues. To combat this, try arranging some calls for internal tasks so you can still get that interaction rather than just emailing all day.
The world will have adapted to working from home, so asking your colleagues for a bit more communication when at home should be met with positivity.
It’s really important that you try your best to treat working from home the same as going into the office. Of course they are totally different but it’s key that you don’t let your surroundings affect your productivity levels.
What do you do to stay motivated when working from home? Leave a comment below to help others out!