Make Working from Home Easier with These 4 Tips

Adjusting to working from home can be really difficult, especially if you are used to working in an office or an external setting. It can feel hard to differentiate between being at work and being at home, so it can often be less easy to motivate yourself automatically to work efficiently and effectively.

Due to a range of different circumstances, people may choose or may be forced into working at home. Either way, you will have to adapt to the change. This isn’t easy initially, but it does become much more familiar the more and more you get used to doing it. For some handy tips on how to work from home effectively, read on!

Create a Good Working Space

Firstly, to work from home, you need a good working space. As tempting as it may be, this is NOT your bed. Working from under the duvet seems like a good idea initially when you would usually have to drag yourself up out of bed on a cold Monday morning, but in reality, it will just end with you falling asleep or doing all of your tasks very inefficiently.

Not all of us are privileged enough to have a dedicated room where we can work and assign as our ‘study’, but we can definitely all try to convert a little section of our house into a working space. Even if this is your kitchen table which becomes your desk for a couple of hours, this is great. The key is to keep your house tidy enough that you can work everywhere, without feeling distracted.

Make a Good Schedule

Making a good schedule or timetable at the beginning of the day is a good way to get started and keep you motivated. You need to keep this realistic yet relatively ambitious, so that you can strike a balance between getting enough work completed but also not stretching yourself too far.

A good way to go about this is to try and do the worst tasks first (I.e. “eat the frog”), which will keep you more motivated for the better tasks. It can also help you get that feeling of dread out the way so that you are able to be excited about the remainder of the day. 

Allow Yourself a Decent Lunch Break

Having a decent lunch break is so important when working. Lunch time should be the time of day that splits up your schedule and acts as a half way point. Therefore, if you give yourself enough time and enough food to keep you going, it will help the day feel much faster and will keep you energized.

Have Something to Look Forward to After Work

If you have something to look forward to after work, this will keep your spirits high throughout the day and will boost your mood significantly. This could be pretty much anything – whatever you enjoy doing the most. Whether it be ordering a takeout, watching a film or going on a walk, it is nice to have something to look forward to and be excited about. If you are able to, it is also nice to do some sort of socializing after work, so that you don’t feel like you are drowning in commitments without any sufficient reward.

Working from home can be really ideal once you get used to it. Without having to travel to work, you will likely be saving quite a lot of money, time and stress, which means you can spend more time actually working. It also means that you are in the comfort of your own home and won’t be ashamed to make a cup of tea or stay in your pajamas – as long as you stay on top of the tasks!


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