Working from home sounds like the ideal scenario for many people. Sure, if you are working an office job with early commutes day in and day out, the idea of just rolling out your bed well rested straight into your job does sound fantastic. Add to that the ability to wear your most comfortable clothes and the idea that when it's closing time, you simply close your laptop and you're home. Working from home means the ability to fit your work around your life, right?
People who work from home, or have attempted this, know this perfect scenario is far from reality. With all the drawbacks of going into an office, there are also perks. The main one would be routine and the external motivation to be productive. Having colleagues around and the ability to have grown up conversations help as well. That does not mean however that working from home isn't as effective as going into an office. It just means there are specific rules and routines that you need to stick to. Here are a few top tips to help you make working from home as effective as it can be.
Routine and structure are crucial. As you have a routine when commuting to work, have a routine and schedule to working from home as well. Structure your day as usual, with breaks and all, and stick to it. Don't squander your working from home perks by staying in bed if you can, instead use the time you would be travelling as an early start to the day. Get stuff out the way early on so you can finish earlier as well. A routine such as a shower, getting into a suitable attire which is not your sleeping outfit helps as well.
In the same vein as changing your clothes, also make sure you have a dedicated space to work in. Ideally, that would be a home office with decent lighting and space to do your work in. Of course, you will need a reliable internet connection, such as provided by Pure Telecom. If you don't have the luxury of a separate office space, consider working at the kitchen table. Make sure you clear the table first to have the room, but also the headspace to focus on what you need to do.
And while you are focusing, try not to be distracted too much by social media. Nothing is worse than being caught up in something that pops up on your feed and going down a rabbit hole. Put the phone away and turn the social media notifications off and put on some music to help you concentrate.
For some being at home might not be the best scenario. Perhaps going to a coffee shop with Wi-Fi could be the solution. Having a nice cup of coffee, a cinnamon swirl and some focus time could do wonders for productivity.
Working from home is not as easy as it sounds. It requires discipline and experience to do well. But once you master the art of working from home, you will never want to look back.