With over 4 million people in the UK now working from home, there’s a good chance that you, or someone you know, has joined the growing WFH population.
WFH (working from home) is the dream, isn’t it? No commute, no traffic jams, no smelly armpits to contend with on the train. You work to your rules, your dress code (PJs, pants or onesie) and your schedule. The perfect work/life balance, right? Not always.
Working from home can be difficult to get right. It can be plagued with heavy distraction, crippling procrastination and terrible isolation for many who allow themselves to fall into the wrong routines. It’s easily done.
We’ve all been there when a pressing, overwhelming or boring job needs to be finished (or started) and we decide, in our wisdom, that we can’t possibly work on it right now because we desperately need to sort out that drawer in the kitchen, reorganise the living room, clear the garage or have a quick browse online for that essential ‘thing’…only to discover at 6pm that we’ve accomplished zilch.
Sometimes too much flexibility can lead to bad habits, which can result in real feelings of guilt and depression, and a serious lack of motivation and confidence. Working without structure and human contact (the pets and kids don’t count) can genuinely affect your health and enthusiasm for your work.
So how do you make working from home, work better?
Whether you work for yourself, remotely for someone else, or as a student, improve your home working set-up with these three tips:
- Give your week some structure. You don’t need to conform to the 9-5 daily schedule but do set yourself times, or days, to get your head down. Work when you’re at your most productive – don’t force it when you’re not.
- Allow yourself time not to work. Don’t check emails around the clock or you’ll never switch off. Build in time to do things that don’t involve work, at the times of the day you’re least productive. You’ll avoid the guilt then.
- Get out of the house and reconnect. Coworking workspaces are designed to help you get your work done, on your terms, alongside like-minded people in an inspirational setting. They are great for improving productivity, meeting people and combating feelings of isolation.
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This post was originally featured in the October/November edition of the Bee Local Magazine.