The Great British Spring Clean Day is only a few weeks away. What are you going to do to make sure you don't spend your work day getting involved?!
A day working from home is no duvet day. It can be at least twice as productive as a day in the office. I’ve worked from home for over 10 years so know all the temptations from a full basket of laundry to a quick catch up with a friend. Here are my tips for making the most of your situation.
This is not always possible but, you really need a dedicated work space. Ideally a separate room so you can shut the door at the end of the day. Somewhere you can store everything related to work so your home remains the relaxing space you need it to be.
2 Recognise your strengths
Do you work better in the morning and then later in the evening? If so, tackle complex jobs or conversations then. Remember: you work for yourself, you can arrange your day how you want.
3 Alternate your surroundings
Different tasks are suited to different places. A busy coffee shop might focus you if you have a lot to get through, or a quiet hotel lounge might be your thing. Try them and see what works best for you. Alternating between different spaces keeps the week or day interesting.
4 Worst job first
If there is something you have been putting off, get it done. No more excuses. If you aren’t feeling it: fake it until you make it! Go through the motions because that is progress in itself, it’s better to have something rather than nothing and you can always amend it later.
5 Write a list
This should be at the top really. At the end of each day write a list of three objectives for the following day. Five if you must. This ensures you get three things done really well and leave plenty of time for firefighting.
6 Screen breaks
Most people would say don’t put the washing on, but I disagree – you need to take screen breaks. If it’s not the washing, have lunch, make a cuppa, go for a speed walk or hoover one room. Schedule them in. You can even set an alarm.
Call someone, don’t spend all day without speaking. Make sure you have at least one call scheduled in. Ideally do this when you might be feeling a slump. Perhaps just after lunch, it will get you back into the swing of things quickly.
Match your soundtrack to your task. For example, if you need a pick up first thing, create yourself a motivational soundtrack.
No, not wine! Make sure you drink plenty of water. It is well documented that dehydration severely affects concentration levels.
Don’t do it. Don’t be tempted to look for your new pair of shoes or your Mother’s birthday present. We all know that shopping of any kind can be a black hole. Steer clear.