Working from home is fast becoming the norm, but some may not have mastered working from home. Although it may be an ideal solution for some, others may miss the hustle and bustle of the workplace environment. Working from home can be tricky. With commitments such as family responsibilities having demands on our time, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But there are lots of benefits that working from home can bring, and for some, home-based working can contribute to the perfect lifestyle. I have been working from home for 6 years and totally love it now, but I had to develop a handful of habits along the way.   So, I’d like to share a few tips on how you can master working from home, with ways to stay positive and productive.

 

Sleep

This is essential for being able to function throughout the day. Sleep deprivation can have a range of effects that can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. It is recommended that you get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, but of course this differs for each person to be able to achieve their best. It is also important to have a good sleep routine. You may find a previous blog on sleep hygiene of interest.

 

Set the tone

Setting the tone for the day is key. You, and only you, should determine the tone for your day.   Being positive and surrounding yourself with positive people will help you remain upbeat, happier, and hence more productive.  A positive mindset is a mental and emotional attitude that consistently anticipates positive results. A person with a positive mindset presumes happiness will result and that any difficulty that does arise can be overcome. Start your day with some positive affirmations or meditation to help you feel calm and in control, to really take charge of your day. I start my day with bible reading and reflection and it gets me grounded and ready for the day.

 

Set a routine

This is so important. We are creatures of habit. Getting organised and developing a schedule will help you to feel in control and be more clear-headed. Try to develop a routine with scheduled work time, breaks and family time to ensure that you are gaining the maximum benefit of the more flexible approach of home-based working. You may have to try different routines until you find what works best for you. Sticking to my pre-lockdown morning and evening routines (book end routines) have been crucial in keeping me sane during lockdown.  I did have to schedule breaks and stretches at intervals and I have alarms on my phone to remind me.

 

Prioritise your time

Focusing your time on key activities is a good way to ensure you stay productive and make the most of your work time. Turning off email and phone notifications will minimise distractions.  It takes about 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption. So that 30 second check of social media is not just 30 seconds down the drain, it is 25 minutes and 30 seconds.  And you know you will be on there for more than 30 seconds! Attention distraction not only derails your mental progress, it can also lead to stress, bad mood and lower productivity.

Focusing on your most important task first will help you make the most of your productivity by focusing your mind. It is also good to start with that activity that you do not like to do, but you know is important. Then work in bursts of time and make sure that you take proper breaks to help you refresh your mind and refocus.

 

Exercise

Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to make your fitness plans work around your busy schedule, but exercising not only makes us feel better, it can also be a good way to reduce stress too. Blocking out some time in your daily routine will improve your physical appearance, as well as your mental state too, keeping you more focused for work.

 

Stay Social

You may think that working from home sounds anti-social, but having this flexibility allows you to become more social, with both friends and work colleagues. You will be able to work in your own time, catch up with co-workers in the day and never miss out on a special occasion again. Today’s digital world allows us to be more connected than ever and making new connections does not have to be in person. You can grow your business, create leads, and convert them into customers and team members right from the comfort of your own home.

 

Relax and unwind

Making sure that you put down your devices at least an hour before you go to bed will allow you to properly unwind from your day, and help you sleep better. Making sure you carve out some well-deserved ‘me time’ will also help you clear your mind and renew your focus.

 

If you are struggling to stay happy, healthy and productive whilst working from home then don’t despair. Many people are finding it tough. Please get in touch. I may be able to help.

 

Source: Forever Blog by Amelia Bruce, April 2020