How to stay productive & motivated when working from home.
Ahh. Working from home. The second I mention to anyone that I'm lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work from home a couple of days a week, I normally get a 'yeah, but you don't really work though at home, do you?' and this really bugs the hell out of me.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not one of those people that is always up and working at 6am because that's the normal time I have to get up for work if I'm in the office. In fact, the other day, I accidentally woke up at 8.55am and was still half dressed and tucking into a bowl of Shreddies while dialling into a 9am conference call with my boss and a client. #glamorous
But, in over 4 years of remote working, I've picked up a few little tricks and hacks to keep my productivity up whilst completing my 9-5 from my bed. Because yes, the temptation to just whack your out of office on and grab Netflix instead is HUGE, somedays.
D o n' t w o r k f r o m y o u r b e d.
Okay, first up, don't actually work from your bed. No matter how tempting it is to stay snuggled up under your duvet and just grab your laptop whilst lying down, this never works. I always have to get up and get myself dressed, and at least get myself to the dining room table. A lot of time, I try and find myself a coffee shop to work in for the morning, I find still getting myself up and out first thing, really helps.
P u t y o u r s h o e s o n.
Put your shoes on, even if you're staying inside all day and have no intention of going anywhere. I think I read this on someone else's blog once, and OMG this was a total game changer. I don't even know why this makes me feel more motivated and productive but it totally does. If you haven't tried this yet, do it!
F o c u s o n o n e t a s k a t a t i m e.
And don't switch until you've completed it. This was something I learned from my previous job - trying to juggle multiple tasks and jobs at once, particularly if you work for more than one manager, is normally just counter productive. For me, I get bored and distracted easily, so it's natural for me to want to try and do different things every so often, but I started to find that I was simply just getting 90% of things 90% completed. Now, I take my to-do list one thing at a time, and I don't move onto something else until the previous item is fully done!
A l l o c a t e s e t t i m e s f o r e m a i l s.
I work in radio, and while I'm not actually on air, the nature of my job still means that things could need attention at any time of the day, so I can't ever completely switch off my emails and not keep my eye on them. However, what I can do, is set aside 10 minutes every hour to go in and respond and deal with any that are non-urgent, rather than interrupting my work flow every time an email lands in my inbox.
I used to do the latter, and i'm sure you guys know what it's like if you do this, you basically never get anything else done because as soon as you send an email out, another one just comes right back at you!
W o r k w h e n y o u 'r e a t y o u r m o s t p r o d u c t i v e.One of the benefits to working from home is being able to manage your own time a little more. Despite my little anecdote before, the morning is most definitely when I'm at most productive, so I try and make the most of this by being up and working by at least 8am. This means that I don't feel all too guilty when I take a little extra break when I hit that 3pm wall that's impossible to get past. Trying to accomplish tasks when your head isn't in it, is again generally counter productive!
I use a lot of these when I'm blogging too, because lets face it, blogging is pretty much a 2nd full time job for most of us!
Do you have any little tips for working at home?