Given the current situation many of us are now working from home. Here at Mood, we frequently work from home and have remote offices; one in the South West and one in the North West. Much of our work is IT based so as long as we have good wifi service we can work anywhere.
The advantages for those of us that are self-employed is that it can keep overheads to a minimum. But it does have its challenges too. If like us, you have families at home it can be difficult to focus. So here are our tops tips for working from home to ensure that it is time well spent during these challenging times.
Create a workspace so that you won’t be disturbed. Not all of us have spare rooms or studies so this may mean working at the kitchen table, in your lounge or bedroom. Think about who else is working or studying from home and where would be the best place to be based to minimise disruption. You may have to negotiate who has access to this space and when; so, agree what works for you and those around you. It could be impossible working in the kitchen if someone else is in there trying to cook dinner!
Plan your day, most of us have some sort of routine when we have to be at work for a certain time. If you don’t plan your day when working from home, it is very easy to become distracted. So, if you need an hour in the morning to do a couple of jobs then do them before you start work. It’s very easy to sit in your kitchen working and think, I’ll just put the washing on, or cook a dinner and so on. If this happens then you will find that you don’t get very much of anything done. You will end up with several half-started jobs on the go for both work and home! Set daily goals and work to your to do list! When working from home you need to set yourself targets as you would if you were office based. This will help you achieve your goals and give you a focus.
Take regular breaks – this gives you time to have lunch, hang out the washing and helps you to stay on task. Each time you complete a task you could have a 5 minute break. There is no reason why you can’t be just as productive at home as you are in the office. It can take a little getting used to, let us know how you get on.