The vast majority of us have been working from home for at least a year, possibly longer depending on your situation. However, just because we've been working from home for a long period of time doesn't mean that we don't loose productivity or perhaps we feel unproductive at times.
Despite the benefits and perks that working from home can have, it can be hard at times if you are repeating the same routine daily and not seeing many people to fall into the trap of getting into a rut therefore I wanted to share with you some tips that I have been or am beginning to find useful...
Plan Your Week
I know I mention planning your week on a Sunday all the time but it is so important to help set you up for the new week ahead. By having a plan, you at least have some expectation of what you will be doing that week. Whether or not it goes to plan is another story but at least you have a plan that you can use to help guide you and steer you in the right direction.
To Do List
Begin your day with a routine that you love and then, before starting work, write down a more concise to do list of everything you want to achieve in your day. As your day progresses, you'll be able to tick off more things from your list as you go along which is super satisfying!
Many of times I have fallen into the trap of sitting at my desk for hours on end and not getting up for a few hours at least as I've been so engrossed in what I am doing. Despite enjoying what I am doing, this isn't great for both the mind and body therefore something I was advised by a life coach is to shut down your computer at a certain time and head out for a walk. It doesn't have to be anything lengthy, it can just be a 20 minute walk but by getting outside it will help you switch off and allow your brain to acknowledge you've stopped work for the day.
Allow Yourself That Break
Some days we may not be feeling it so rather than forcing yourself into a essay or that email, step away and do something else for 10 minutes such as tidying your space, getting a drink, speaking to a friend etc then come back to it. You will hopefully feel a bit more refreshed and ready to start again.
Avoid Having a 'Bity' Day
Something I have been struggling with is feeling as though I have to do it all in one day. I have a number of things that I juggle both on the side and as my main jobs so I am beginning to block my days into specific days based on what jobs or tasks need doing on those days rather than juggling 100 things at once. (A slight exaggeration of 100 things but hopefully you know what I mean!)
Have Something To Look Forward To
Start your day with the end in mind. Have something to look forward to whether this be watching an episode of your favourite TV show, seeing a loved one or friend, having a self care night etc. It doesn't have to be anything large or extravagant, something that brings you peace and joy is enough.
I hope these tips have helped whether you are new to working from home or you have been working from home for a while. Leave a comment below explaining one thing you find beneficial when working from home.