Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse and during my time as a home-office worker, the hardest thing I came up against was separating the two. As you’re at home, in your own space, it can be easy to forget that you’re working and to keep your mind focused on the job. Equally, it can sometimes be difficult to separate work from home since they both occupy the same space. These are a couple of things that helped me stay motivated and maintain a healthy balance when I was a homeworker.
One of the major perks for working from home is you can do it in your PJ’s and dressing gown. Heaven right? However, by doing so it can be hard for you to draw the line from work and home. You need to be able to turn on your “work mode” mentality, and the easiest way to do this is by getting dressed. It gives you a clear sense that you’re starting a journey to work and are “going” to the office, just as you would with a brick and mortar building. No one expects you to suit up in a full 3 piece, but even if it’s just putting your hair up, changing into jeans and t-shirt, or putting on some mascara – it puts you into the right frame of mind to remain productive through the day.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
The reason this is important is that you need to have space where you switch to “work mode”. I have a small box room, which became my office. When I’m not working or blogging, I very rarely enter this room. This makes it easier for me to separate work from home because it’s very easy to merge the two. And when that happens it can be very hard to switch off and relax. So by having a dedicated space to work from, you help to eliminate the blur and gives you a chance to wind down ready for the next day.
Working from home means you don’t have to leave the house much and can exacerbate the work/home issue. This was a problem for me because I very rarely left the house anyway, so it was becoming harder and harder for me to unwind and separate the two. For me, this meant when I did go to work it felt like I’d never left or hadn’t had any time off. So when my shifts ended I would take my dog for a nice long walk. It got me out of the house, gave me some exercise and ‘commute’ of some sort. When we’d get home, it felt like it was my ‘end of the day’ and helped my brain to transition from one to the other. So if you can, tag an outside the home activity on to the end of your day to help you feel like you’ve “come home” and trick your brain into feeling like it’s the end of the working day.
Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to take a break every now and then. It sounds very simple but also a very easy one to forget when you’re in a home environment. Give yourself 10 minutes to make a tea/coffee, grab something to eat or maybe do some chores. Just be sure to take yourself away from the computer and rest your eyes. When you go back you may find you feel more productive and have some more energy than you did before.
Do not take your phone into your office space with you. We all know how easy it is to divert your attention, and then all of a sudden it’s an hour later and you’re still scrolling through screaming goat videos on Facebook or Twitter. It’s best to leave it in another room and only go to it when it’s your break or the end of your day. The same applies to the radio, TV or anything else that could be a distraction. Remove it from your working environment so you can maintain your focus on your work.
Until next time ♡