WORKING FROM HOME TIPS #1

22 January 2017


Working from home is becoming more and more popular now (thanks to the internet) and there are a lot of pros and cons to it. I've been working from home for just under a year so I wanted to share some tips with you that I've learnt along the way..

MAKE A SPACE

For too long I was working without an actual designated work space. I would work from my bed, the sofa in the living room (I still do this sometimes) and not actually have a desk/work area. This is so important for separating your personal life from your work life. I found that as soon as I had an office area, I was so much more organised, productive and motivated. You don't even need to have a separate room, just a corner in your room to start off with will make all the difference. 

MAKE A WORK SCHEDULE

This is so important if you want to make sure you get your work done efficiently. I've only just implemented a schedule recently, but before I would start late and work through the night because I wasn't managing my time properly. I decided to make a rota spreadsheet starting my work day at 8am so that I could get everything done and still have time for myself in the evenings. Every Sunday I check the calendar to plan my week and each morning I write a list of tasks that need to be done that day. It just means I don't wake up feeling unorganised and not knowing where to start.

TAKE BREAKS

Sometimes I get so into what I'm doing and forget to take a lunch break or I'll make something quick and eat it whilst working. I try to take a 30 minute lunch break after I've finished a task so that it's out of the way. Put your phone and emails away and watch an episode of your favourite TV show or anything to take your mind off work. Don't ever feel guilty about taking a break either! Let your brain recharge and you'll notice how much more productive you are. 

DONT WEAR YOUR PYJAMAS ALL DAY

The best part of working from home is being in comfy clothes all day. Wearing pyjamas can be fun every now and then but I find that it can make me feel sluggish and lazy. Invest in some cosy loungewear or wear your gym clothes - anything that separates workmode from sleepmode.  

GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS

There are a lot of distractions when working from home, whether it's doing the washing or being on social media for too long - it's all too easy to get too carried away. If your job revolves around social media like mine then it can be a lot more challenging to keep away from scrolling on Twitter and constantly refreshing Snapchat. Try switching off all notifications or keep your phone in another room for the time you don't need it. Personally, I need some kind of background noise when I'm working so I listen to a motivating playlist or work from a local coffee shop every now and then.

MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

It's so easy to get caught up in your work - especially if it's your own business, and sometimes you don't know when to stop. Give yourself at least one day off a week and schedule in holiday dates, like you would with a normal job. Being self employed can get lonely so it's important to be around your friends and family when you can. Make time for Netflix and Chill (literally chill). Surround yourself with people that inspire you. Work to live, don't live to work.

I hope these tips helped any of you badass girlbosses that work from home! 

S x




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