When you’re not in the office, it’s easy to slip into habits such as working late into the evening. In order to maintain a healthy balance between work and play, put clear boundaries in place so that there is a distinction between the hours you need to work and the time you have to yourself.
Ensuring your home is clean and tidy will help to ensure you can work effectively. Clutter — whether it’s on your desk or on the floor – will distract you, so it’s best to ensure everything is tidy before you begin. Make time in the morning to clean the kitchen, put away any laundry and wipe down your desk area.
Keep your kitchen stocked up with tasty (and healthy) snacks to graze on during the day. A bowl of fresh fruit or nuts by your desk are a great way to keep the hunger at bay in between meals.
Making time for some light exercise will boost motivation levels and increase productivity. Even if it’s a quick park run or 10-minute cardio workout in your front room, you will find yourself with more energy throughout the day. Walking or running with your dog is an excellent way for both of you to get in some additional exercise.
When you’re working from home you are your own motivator. Away from colleagues and team members, you rely on your own motivation to get through the working day. A great way to begin each morning is by making a to-do list of everything that needs to be done. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, prioritise what can wait for another day and what needs to be done immediately. You’ll feel much better ticking everything off as it gets done.
If you regularly work from home, carve out time to give yourself a well-deserved break. Step away from your desk and head outside for fresh air. You’ll notice that you’ll probably feel more motivated in the afternoon, too.
Whether it’s heading out for a walk first thing or listening to relaxing music, get set for the new day by putting yourself first. Waking up a bit before you start your work will ensure you have time to get anything in the house done. Whether it’s preparing your breakfast or popping on some laundry, use your time before work as productively as you can.
If you have the space, create a small study area, with a desk and upright chair. Lighting is key to ensuring you don’t strain your eyes, while a tidy area will help to keep your mind clear. Try not to work in your bedroom — keep this for relaxing and sleeping only.
If you work from home and don’t leave your desk much, fitting in extra time for exercise is a great way to ensure you will keep fit and healthy. If you can, head outside or sit in the garden for 10 minutes to stretch your legs and get some much-needed fresh air.
Aim to get around eight hours sleep a night to ensure you have enough energy the following day. When you work from home, it can often be tempting to lie in later or stay up working.