With the arrival of Covid-19, more and more of us are being told to work from home. As a seasoned worker-from-home*, I can safely say that there’s a knack to it, especially if you want to be productive.
Here are my tips for making the best of working from home:
Have a dedicated work space. It needn’t be big, just a space that can be dedicated as the office. Taking over the kitchen table never works.
Begin the working day by showering and getting dressed. Slobbing about unwashed in and in pjs is not good for productivity or your well being.
Start and end your working day as if you’re in a ‘proper’ office – decide if you’re full-time, part-time or on a flexible pattern. Choose a start and finish time and try to stick to them.
Take your breaks at set times – say, 10.30 and 15.00. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Ever.
Try and leave the laundry and housework to outside of your ‘working’ hours.
Don’t watch TV or surf the internet. Hours of work time are lost that way.
Be realistic. Children are sick, dogs need walks, you’ll have a dental appointment in the middle of the day. Build in a plan to work around the unexpected.
*During a conversation recently, someone commented that they didn’t realise I had a job. I have worked for our family business since 2008 (with the hours varying over the years to accommodate life with a baby/toddler/young child). When I began blogging in 2008, The Brainy One and I discussed which topics were available to be written about. We agreed that our working life was not one of them and I have stuck to that. My working life has nothing to do with my life as showcased on This West London Life.